Iron doesn’t float, but that well-known fact didn’t stop God in 2 Kings 6:1-7 when a woodman accidentally dropped an axe head in the Jordan River. When he told Elisha, his teacher, what had happened, Elisha asked the man where did it fall? When the woodman showed him the spot, Elisha threw a stick into the water, and the axe floated to the surface.
So, who was Elisha that God would grant him such an unheard-of miracle? Elisha was the faithful student of Elijah—whom the Bible describes as having a nature like ours, meaning Elijah didn’t have supernatural powers of his own, but what he did have was a genuinely close relationship with God—and his protégé Elisha likewise.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months (James 5:17, NKJV).
The valuable takeaway from this story is that while the woodman was upset about losing an axe head that he had borrowed, there’s no description of Elisha doubting that God would defy the laws of physics to retrieve the axe. I believe there’s no record of Elisha’s uncertainties or hesitations because he didn’t question God’s abilities.
Never let impossibilities short-circuit your faith when God’s involved.
Do you need God to repel the laws of nature in your life? If you need an iron floating miracle, ask God if it’s in His will—and if it is—follow His instructions, and never allow impossibilities to short-circuit your faith when God’s involved. Remember, there’s nothing too hard for the One who rides upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 18:10).
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