2 Kings 6:5-6 (NIV): The iron axe head fell into the water… The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float.
I feel so blessed to live on property with a 2 ½ acre pond. I have thrown big rocks into my pond. Every single one of them has sunk, creating a splash and ripples on the surface.
The story in the above verses is a story about Elisha, an Old Testament prophet. A number of miraculous stories are associated with Elisha. His prophetic predecessor, Elijah, also had many miraculous stories. This particular story shares something very unusual. You see, in all the history of mankind, this story is the only story, in all of history, of an iron axe head floating. Since we have no examples of this ever happening before, can’t we just write off this story as a fable that actually was just used as a teaching point from a prophet to his students?
I say, no. This story is told as history. It is told as actually having happened. Even though iron usually doesn’t float, this time it did. That is why it is called a miracle. God can do that.
Creation is a miracle. God did that too. The resurrection of Jesus was a miracle. Again, God did that.
At the heart of this story, and the story of God in the Bible, is the miraculous. If I come to believe that the axe head didn’t float, I can start to write off the entire Bible. I can say that God didn’t create and instead life happened through evolution. I can say that Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead and instead say that there are other explanations.
However, the Bible is clear. God did create. Jesus rose from the dead. The axe head floated. I believe in miracles. (I also know that evidence supports God as Creator and the resurrection of Jesus… but that is for another Wednesday Word!)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my world is now discounting Your ability to do whatever You want. Most of the time, You don’t do miracles. But sometimes You do. May I be a herald of Your miraculous activities throughout man’s history. Thank you for making the axe head float.