Friday, 14 June 2019
Question of the day: Why did I choose this verse? 2 Kings 2:9b "Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."
Answer: Well that was easy. Elisha (the younger) is answering Elijah (the elder), who asked (I'm paraphrasing), "What would you like to have when I'm gone?" Elisha asked for a double portion, and Elijah said (paraphrasing again), "Wow, that's hard. I don't know if God will do that."
By many accounts Elisha followed Elijah (as a disciple) for about 12 years. Elisha was tempted 3 times early in the chapter, but each time Elisha remained humble.
The reason I brought this up is that we want the power of God in our lives, but we tend to undervalue the importance of a humble (broken) spirit. God is never done teaching us humility. The biggest part of growing to maturity is growing in humility.
One thing I admire in great men of God is their humility. I'm not going to start naming names, but if you know me, you know whom I value. The chief characteristic in them all is their humility. None of them ever acts as if they deserve some royal treatment, even though they are royalty.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,