I Kings 19:21 “…He [Elisha] burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.” (NIV)*
Elisha burned his opportunity to go back. He made a meal of the oxen. With ties cut, he left. His responsibility there was done. He asked to kiss his mother and father good-bye.
There was no praying over the decision and waiting to be sure. No seeking counsel. No counting the cost, weighing the options or listing the pros and cons.
God, through Elijah, had called Elisha. Settled. Done.
Certainly, there’s a time to pray and be sure. Most major decisions require prayer and wise counsel. Elisha seems to have been a single man, which uncomplicated his availability. If plowing ahead means scriptural principals will be compromised–that’s a waving red flag. Better reconsider.
But when you know that you know that you know that it’s God–there’s no need to jump through needless decision making hoops.
When he calls…simply go.
I Kings 19:21 is in the June 18th reading of The One Year Bible.
*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.