Where is the Lord?
This is the question of Elisha, who had just been separated from his predecessor, Elijah, by chariots of fire and horses of fire and witnessed him going up into heaven by a whirlwind.
Elisha had asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit (v. 9). Elijah promised that he would receive what he desired if he beheld his ascension into the sky.
When Elijah departed from him, Elisha took up his master’s cloak that had fallen from him in the excitement and tested Elijah’s promise. Elisha took the cloak, struck the waters of the Jordan River, and asked, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” The waters parted, indicating that Elisha did in fact receive a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.
With Elisha, let’s ask, Where is the Lord?
- He is maintaining the universe, bringing the seasons in their time, making the sun to shine, sending rain, blessing us with our daily bread, and granting us posterity in our children (Gen. 8:22).
- He rules the nations: “He removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan. 2:21); “…the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (Dan. 4:25). This doesn’t necessarily mean we understand what is going on in the world. We just know that ultimately God is in control, and he will do what’s best.
- He is accessible by prayer. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 Jn. 4:14-15). This is the confidence of a child of God, but the wicked do not have the same assurance (Prov. 15:29; 1 Pet. 3:12).
- He heals the sick. He may by providence use doctors, nurses, hospitals, and modern medicine, but ultimately all healing comes from God (Ps. 103:3).
- He is working all things together for good, for those who love him and who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).
- He is keeping his promises (2 Pet. 1:4).
- He is suffering long with the sinful, wishing they would repent and avoid destruction (2 Pet. 3:9).
That is where the Lord is. One day things will change. The scoffers mock now saying, “Where is the God of Elijah?” But the Lord will one day return, and they will regret that they did not believe.