The prophet Elijah had a faithful companion named Elisha. Elisha was being mentored by Elijah and would soon have to be on his own as a prophet. During this time of transition, Elisha did not want to leave Elijah’s side.
5 Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?” “Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.” 6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together. 2 Kings 2:5-6
There is something about going on together that says something about the relationship between Elijah and Elisha. As people, we long to have others walk with us along our journey of faith. When someone journeys with us, it gives us encouragement and builds friendship. When we journey together we can help the other person when they are down or discouraged.
Paul writes in 1 Thes. 5:11, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” Who has encouraged you along your spiritual journey? Who is the Lord calling you to encourage along their journey.
Also, remember as we journey, we may let others down but our Lord Jesus will never abandon us. Jesus says in Matthew 28:20, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
To hear more of Elijah’s story click here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-elijah-and-elisha/the-passing-of-the-mantel
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (2 Ki 2:5–6, 1 Thes 5:11, Matthew 28:20). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.