As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen ofIsrael!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. – 2 Kings 2:11-14 (NIV)
Power has become an ugly word. Power corrupts. Power makes one person stronger than another and makes things unfair. But God has called His people to be empowered for His work. Elijah walked in the power of God and God worked His power through Elijah. Foot races with chariots, calling down fire, praying for rain and parting the waters were some of the acts of power God used His prophet to perform. Elijah lived with an expectation and anticipation of God’s power working in and through him as He followed God’s direction and Elisha followed quickly in his steps.
We don’t talk much about empowering our children to do God’s work. We talk about equipping them and educating them and protecting them, but we don’t talk much about power. There are conversations about releasing their potential, but not enough about God’s power being released in their lives. But power is exactly what they need to be prepared to handle. Our children should live with an expectation of God’s power being released in and through their lives. We cannot ask them to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and then not teach them to expect His power to work in their lives.
We also cannot expect to teach them an expectation and anticipation for God’s power to be expressed in them if we don’t expect it ourselves. Elisha expected the power of God because Elijah did. We live and breathe by the power of God. We minister His grace by His power. We produce fruit by His power. We walk and wait and worship in His power. It is the life we were made for; we and our children.
Lord, help me live a life defined by Your power. Give me the will and the way to expect and anticipate Your power moving in and through my life and lives of my children. Lord, show Your power. Amen.