Who do we make room for in our heart’s home? Do we make room for the Lord in our heart as the Shunammite woman and her husband did in their home for Elisha?
“One day Elisha went to Shunem. A rich woman lived there. She urged him to eat something, so whenever he passed by, he would stop in to eat some food. She said to her husband, “Look, I know that he is a holy man of God and he passes by regularly. Let’s make a small room on the roof. We’ll set up a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp for him there. Then when he comes to us, he can stay there.” (2 Kings 4:8-10 CEB)
The word used to describe the Shunammite woman, rich woman in the verse above, means great in any sense, as one of great means, importance, or distinction. She so desired Elisha’s company and his return visits as a guest that she made accommodations for him at the top, in an upper chamber or upper room.
According to definitions, there was a bed, a table (defined as that used for a king’s table for private or sacred use and, by implication, means meal), a chair (covered as a canopied throne, as a seat of honor, royal dignity, authority, and power), and a lamp or lampstand, which was a menorah.
All prepared for comfort, furnished to make the man of God feel welcomed and at home. Suitable for divine use.
When Elisha asked what he could do for her, she did not wish anything in return from him. He insisted on blessing her, but she would not receive it. She had built a dwelling place for the man of God and just having him in her house was blessing enough.
At the wife’s suggestion, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen of Shunem built a room at the top of their home, preparing a place for the man of God, making room for his presence, adorning it to be fit for him. Through the woman’s efforts, God would later meet her needs.
The story goes on but we’ll stop here.
Our heart is as that room at the top. We prepare it as a holy place for the Man of God, Jesus. We adorn it with all that makes it a fit place for the King of Kings to dwell, making Him feel welcomed, comfortable, at home.
Is Jesus’ presence within you a blessing to you? Do you make your heart a suitable place for divine use? When you make room for Jesus, He will meet your needs.
Your heart is His home. Adorn it beautifully for Him.