Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 16, 2013

The Axe and the Handle

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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2 Kings 6:5-7 As one of them was felling a log, the ax head dropped into the water. He shouted, “Oh no, my master! It was borrowed!” The prophet asked, “Where did it drop in?” When he showed him the spot, Elisha cut off a branch, threw it in at that spot, and made the ax head float. He said, “Lift it out.” So he reached out his hand and grabbed it.

Here is an interpretation. The ax head represents the power of God. The handle is our willingness to hold onto the head (hold on to God’s power). Many things loosen the axe head from the handle: un-confessed sins of action and/or omission, pride, old habits held dearly. We all can add many things to this list. The prophet throwing in the branch represents us calling to God in prayer. Depending on the cause of the axe head loosing from the handle our prayers take on different words. Through God’s forgiveness the Holy Spirit comes into the water (the problem) and brings back the axe head, (God’s power). But no one will reattached the head to our handle. It is up to us to bend low (in humility), reach into the water (our inner self), pick up the axe head and put it back on our handle. Our question is are we willing to be this honest with ourselves? Better yet, let us endeavor to keep the handle (our relationship with God) tightly attached to the axe head (God’s power). We do this through the study of His written word (the Holy Bible), meditation, prayer and obedience.

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