June 13 – Today’s readings – 2Kings 1-3 and Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13:20 reads “He who walks with the wise grows wise”.

I believe the same can be said for other “walking with” relationships in our lives. Wisdom, anointing, prosperity, health, fitness, education, good relationships … all of these attributes “rub off” on us if we walk with the right people. If, for example, you grow up in a family where both parents have doctoral degrees, there’s a good chance you will be graduating from university. If your closest friend is into health and fitness, there’s a good chance that you too will be engaging in healthy physical activity and good eating. If you walk with an anointed man (or woman) as Elisha did, you will no doubt learn some of the secrets of walking in the anointing of God.

You remember of course that Elisha was the guy who “used to pour water on the hands of Elijah”. (2 Kings 3:11) This man was the helper that God gave to Elijah when he was so depressed that he wanted to die. (1 Kings 19:4) This was the same man who didn’t turn back no matter what he faced – “Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel.” (2 Kings 2:2) The result of this devotion was that he succeeded his master as the lead prophet to Judah and to Jehoshaphat the King of Judah. “Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken from you?’ ‘Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit’. Elisha replied … The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, ‘The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha (1 Kings 2:9 & 15)

Timothy and Paul had this kind of relationship as well. “You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings – what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured.” (2 Timothy 3:10-11) This man Timothy knew what it was like to observe a “mentor” and follow his example. The result was that he became a very influential pastor in Ephesus and part of an Apostolic Eldership.

Think for a moment of the relationship between Moses and Joshua – “Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” (Exodus 33:11) What was the result of this “discipleship”? – “After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River” (Joshua 1:1-2)

How are you doing with the relationships you are developing? Are you walking with wise people? Are you walking with righteous people? Are you walking with people who are hungry for God? Remember, Jesus allowed all of his relationships to be guided by the Father – I think it would be wise of us to do the same.

Questions:

1. Comment on a relationship that has affected you in a positive way.
2. Give another example of a person who was “mentored” to great things.