Today’s Scripture: And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. 2¬†Kings¬†2:16

Elijah had just been taken up into heaven. God had sent a chariot of fire and had caught Elijah up in a whirlwind. As Elisha returned to the prophets in Jericho, they came to him asking if they could send out a search party. Elisha stared in disbelief, “Really,” he asked, “are you kidding?” God had taken Elijah from them in a whirlwind. Surely you don’t believe he would have done that and dropped him somewhere. Elisha commanded them not to send a search party knowing it would be a worthless waste of time and energy.

However, the men would not give up. Verse 17 says, “They urged him till he was ashamed.” These men wanted to make sure nothing had happened to Elijah and seemed to suggest that Elisha didn’t care what had happened to him. So finally, Elisha gave in. After three days, the men returned to Elisha in Jericho having found nothing. He told them, “Didn’t I tell you not to waste your time?”

Before we start condemning them for their lack of trust, think how many times you and I have failed to trust God. God works miraculously in a situation, and we feel that we need something to fall back on in case God’s plan doesn’t work.

This always has the same outcome as the situation Elisha and the prophets faced – it is a big waste of time! God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfectly good. He is not going to fail us because He doesn’t know what He’s doing. There is nothing He can’t do, and He’s not going to do something to harm us. Trust Him and you will never need a backup plan.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder