Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

Daily Devotional

2 Kings 2:9  And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

From time to time you will find yourself among those who are good at seeing the problem. They not only are able to identify the problem, but they will repeatedly remind you of it, while at the same time offering no solutions. That was what Elisha had to deal with in 2 Kings 2:9.

It was revealed to the sons of the prophets that Elijah, his mentor, would be taken up into heaven that day. They successfully saw the problem and thought they were doing Elisha a favour by highlighting it to him repeatedly. They reminded him of it 3 times.  The issue with their approach was that, unknowingly they were creating a distractive force that would have worked if Elisha had allowed it. Elisha’s response to them was “I know, hold your peace”. He was politely telling them to be quiet and by so doing effectively shutting down the potential distraction.

What Elisha wanted was a double portion of Elijah’s anointing and he knew the only way that he would get what he wanted was to see Elijah while he was being taken up. He had no choice but to stay focused, he could not allow himself to be distracted. What you choose to hear determines your focus. If he had allowed himself to hear the problem, that would have become his focus. So he shut out the noise and fixed his focus on the solution.

What is it that you want? It is unlikely that the path to it will be linear; it is likely that you will face obstacles on the way. As a result, you might have some that will remind you of the problems that you face and conclude that it will not work. That is noise. You must shut it out and stay focused on getting to the solution. That is the only way that what you want will come. Elisha got the double portion of the anointing that he was pursuing and the same “sons of the prophet”, that were unknowingly acting as a distractive force, came and bowed down to him in 2 Kings 2:15, when they saw he had Elijah’s anointing.

Life Application:  Be guarded about what you allow yourself to hear, hearing the wrong thing could create worry, that takes your mind away from what you should be focused on.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to shut out every negative and dissenting voice as it relates to your plans for my life. I pray that I will not be distracted by the negative voices around me, but instead focus on that which is important. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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