Elijah’s Successor

Transitions in leadership are always challenging.  However, as shown in 2 Kings 2, when a godly leader moves on, the work of God carries on. 

Elijah was carried away to heaven by a whirlwind in a chariot of fire.  Now that’s a dramatic exit! But the prophet left something behind — his mantle.  This cloak was the sign of his authority to speak for God.  Elisha had to pick it up and carry on the work.  It was a big responsibility and a high calling.  Elisha tore his clothes in grief after Elijah was taken, then picked up the cloak and performed a miracle.  The baton of leadership was effectively passed on. 

The work of God always carries on.