And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. (2 Kings 4:8-11)
Today’s Morsel: One of my favorite poems that I had to learn in school was, “The House by the Side of the Road” by Sam Walter Foss. The theme of the poem is to live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man that pass by. Scripture says that Elisha passed through Shunem, where there was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And that whenever he passed by, he went in and ate bread there. The woman perceived that Elisha was a man of God, and she requested that her husband build a room onto their house for him so that he would have a place to stay when he came by. In some ways, this is what Mr. Foss’ poem is about. Both our scripture reading and the poem are admonishing us to do whatever it takes to be a friend to man. He that will have friends must show himself friendly. Scripture also tells us to, “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:1-2).
Sing: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. O’ what peace we often forfeit, O’ what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.
Thought For Today: Jesus is a friend to man!