Our current Wednesday night Bible study is about the life and ministry of Elisha, a holy prophet of God. In II Kings 6:1-7, we looked at the story of the lost axe head. One of the sons of the prophets was cutting down a tree when the axe head flew off into the Jordan River. In despair he cried out to Elisha, because the axe was borrowed. “And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it” (II Kings 6:6-7).
The axe head was lost. Let’s look at this axe head as the power of God in the believer’s life. Have you ever tried to persevere in chopping without an axe head? An axe handle doesn’t do very well by itself, does it? We cannot accomplish anything without the “axe head.”
There needs to be concern when we do not have the power of God in our lives. When we no longer enjoy praying, or when the Bible is not satisfying to us, we need to ask, “Where fell it?” We ought to stop chopping and go look for the axe head. When there is no peace of God in our life and we lack assurance, we should confess the loss of God’s power and seek to regain it.
One of the common ways we lose the power of God in our Christian lives is by getting our eyes off of Jesus and looking at those around us. Another way is to grow weary in the work of God. Remember, Satan only attacks those who are busy working! When you grow weary in the work, remind yourself that “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31a).
So what should we do when we realize that we have lost the power of God in our lives? Stop cutting! Find out where you lost it! Then recognize that it is “borrowed” and stretch forth the hand of faith and take it up again.
Is there anything too hard for the God Who made the iron to swim?