Sometimes people just need to be with us

2 Kings Bible Background

05.12.2016 Old Testament: 2Ki 4.30

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 4–5 on May 12, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Twice when I have had outpatient surgery, a nurse stayed with me during the procedure and just held my hand or placed her hand on my shoulder. It does not sound like much, but it did me a lot of good.

Sometimes we just need to stay with people, and sometimes they just need to be with us, such as the time that a woman’s son died, and she went to Elisha the prophet about it. The prophet sent his servant to the child, but then the record says,

And the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her (2 Kings 4.30).

She wanted to stay with Elisha, evidently it brought comfort to her, or something else. People need to know that they can do the same with us. We may not understand why they need to be with us, but our presence does something for them.


  • Has there been someone in your life whose presence alone eased your distressed heart?
  • Can you listen to people?

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