By David McNeely
Replace or Embrace?
Elisha was selected by God to be the next prophet after Elijah. Elijah then went to Elisha and told him as much. Elisha embraced the calling and spent the next seven or eight years observing, serving, and learning from Elijah. Elisha never received the same level of fame as did his mentor. In fact, when Elisha was on the scene as the main prophet to the Northern Kingdom, Jehosophat (Southern King) didn’t even know Elisha was serving. (2 Kings 3:11)
It’s not the first time the disciple remained in the shadow of the teacher. It won’t be the last. There is nothing wrong with that. But often times when a well-known leader reaches the end of his or her career the public begins to ask, “Who will replace _____?” It’s an understandable question. It’s also a terrible question.