Open Hands


2 Kings 4:9-10
9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”

This woman built Elisha a room where he could stay when he was in the area. She didn’t need to do this, it was an act of great generosity. Watch what happens...

2 Kings 4:19-21
19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”
So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out.

The son dies and she calls Elisha.

2 Kings 4:34-35
34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. 35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

Generosity releases miracles

Life was breathed back into the boys eyes, mouth and hands.

The main area I want to focus on, and that which I believe it is prophetic, is life coming back into our hands so that we all fully serve God. Through the challenges of life we can close up our hands from serving God and others. Often it is a result of hurt, disappointment, too many things going wrong or feeling let down.

Psalm 145:16
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

God's hands are permanently open to you, we should keep our hands permanently open to serve Him. April is Mission Month at Church Unlimited. Mission month all about serving our community, nation and the nations. It's an outward focus. Let God do work in your heart over the next four weeks. You will learn to open your hands to serve, and give more than ever.

Joseph is another example of one who refused to close his hands of service despite extreme suffering. He was thrown into a pit to die by own brothers, sold as a slave to Egypt, falsely accused and ends up in prison.

Genesis 39:2-3, 21-22
2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.
21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.

Because Joseph kept his hands open he experienced great blessing, the supernatural power of God, promotion to being the Prime Minister of Egypt, and eventually the healing of multitudes. Having open hands also protected his heart from bitterness and negative attitudes.

Consider what you could to to further open your hands. Are there people in your life that you could serve? Or perhaps a ministry in the church that could use your help? See what God can do with a life whose hands are open.

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