“As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live …” (v2). Elisha had seen the prophet Elijah perform miracles in God’s name: impacting weather patterns, predicting battles, and calling fire down from heaven on Mount Carmel. Elisha believed that these signs meant “the Lord lives” – the God of Abraham is powerful and present – and he wanted to follow in Elijah’s footsteps as God’s prophet (v9). God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind of “chariots and horses of fire” (v11), and Elisha received his spiritual gifts (v14).
“I will not leave you” (v2). When we catch a glimpse of God’s greatness and love, we want Him above everything, and we open our hearts to His will for us.