Daily Reformation, 2 Kings 2:1-12
About the Reformer
If God be our Father, he will put honour and renown upon us at the last day. He will clear the innocence of his children. His children in this life are strangely misrepresented. They are loaded with invectives—they are called factious, seditious; as Elijah, the troubler of Israel; and Luther, the trumpet of rebellion. Athanasius was accused to the Emperor Constantine as the raiser of tumults; and the primitive Christians were accused as infanticidii, incestus rei, ‘killers of their children, guilty of incest.’ Tertullus reported Paul to be a pestilent person. (Ac 24:5) Famous Wycliffe was called the idol of the heretics, and reported to have died drunk. If Satan cannot defile God’s children, he will disgrace them; if he cannot strike his fiery darts into their consciences he will put a dead fly to their names; but God will one day clear their innocence; he will roll away their reproach. As he will make a resurrection of bodies, so of names. ‘The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall he take away.’ (Is 25:8) He will be the saints’ vindicator. ‘He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light.’ (Ps 37:6) The night casts its dark mantle upon the most beautiful flowers; but the light comes in the morning and dispels the darkness, and every flower appears in its orient brightness. So the wicked may by misreports darken the honour and repute of the saints; but God will dispel this darkness, and cause their names to shine forth. ‘He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light.’
—Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer
Pulling It Together
Sammy was a small fellow who went largely unnoticed. He was friendly and people were friendly toward him but not many seemed to notice how large he truly was. Every time a little thing needed done around the church—buying a new box of trash bags, fixing the sticky front door, changing the exit sign lights, repairing a broken window, getting a new tube of copier toner, or a hundred other little details—Sammy did it. Until he got sick. It was then people began to notice two things: that it was probably Sammy who had seen to these details and how much he shone with Christ’s serving heart in his quiet ways. He had shone with Christ’s glory all along but it was not until he became ill for a prolonged time that people began to see the light.
It was so with Elijah and Elisha. Just when one thinks that God’s light could shine no brighter in a prophet’s life, along comes one in whom God would shine twice as brightly. God is Light and will not remain hidden in the lives of his people. He would shine through you—perhaps twice as brightly as he did in Sammy or Wycliffe or Luther.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers