Can something that is made of iron float in the water? Not in the natural. Can something made of iron sink in the water and then rise to float on top of the water? No, not in the natural. Can miracles happen? Yes, miracles can and do happen. So what happens when an axe handle made of iron drops into the water, sinks to the bottom, and then reverses itself and floats to the top? It’s called supernatural – a supernatural miracle!
And, in fact a miracle like this did happen in the Bible! In 2 Kings 6:1-7 (Amplified version) we read about a miracle performed by Elisha:
“One day the guild of prophets came to Elisha and said, “You can see that this place where we’re living under your leadership is getting cramped—we have no elbow room. Give us permission to go down to the Jordan where each of us will get a log. We’ll build a roomier place.” Elisha said, “Go ahead.” One of them then said, “Please! Come along with us!” He said, “Certainly.” He went with them. They came to the Jordan and started chopping down trees. As one of them was felling a timber, his axhead flew off and sank in the river. “Oh no, master!” he cried out. “And it was borrowed!” The Holy Man said, “Where did it sink?” The man showed him the place. He cut off a branch and tossed it at the spot. The axhead floated up. “Grab it,” he said. The man reached out and took it.
In the King James Version, in verses 6-7 it says that “the iron did swim”. It swam to shore, and Elisha told the man to reach out his hand and he took it. This means that the axe, made of iron, actually floated up to the surface and then moved toward the shore, where the man could reach out and grab it.
The first thing we notice is that a supernatural miracle happened here. An axe head floating up to the top of a river is impossible – in the natural. It’s also impossible for it to move toward the shore while still floating. But God can work in the supernatural – and cause a miracle right before our very eyes. This was the fifteenth miracle performed by Elisha out of 32 total recorded miracles. Remember, Elisha had a double portion of the Spirit and power of Elijah.
But here’s another twist to this already interesting story. Notice that there’s no record of Elisha getting upset, experiencing worry or exhibiting fear. As the person cried out their concern, Elisha clearly displayed a clear head – no worry or fear. Instead, he took action. He cut off a branch and tossed it in at the spot where the axe head dropped into the water. Without any record of Elisha saying anything, the axe head floated to the top and moved toward shore.
Elisha knew that God would work on his behalf. Are you confident that God will work on your behalf? Are you confident that God can and will work miracles on your behalf?
This miracle wasn’t a life-threatening need. This was a simple need of losing something and then finding it. God can and will take care of all of our needs – no matter how small or how insignificant they may seem. He simply asks us to believe. In Mark
Matthew 21:21-22 in the Message version explains it like this: But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.”
Here’s the message: How do you get prayer answered? One of the most important aspects of prayer is that when you pray, you believe you have received your answer. Then, thank God that He’s answered your prayer.
In Mark 11:24, Jesus reaffirms this by saying, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” But don’t forget verse 24, which says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Believe for your miracle today!