Elijah was a man of God. He was more than a reliable prophet. He did more than pass God’s message to the people he encountered. He was God’s man.
That is why being chosen to be his assistant was such an enormous privilege. Elisha would learn the habits of this great man firsthand. No listening to stories or reading books. He learned by observation.
When God took Elijah to Heaven, Elisha may have been nervous at the prospect of filling his shoes, but he was certainly prepared for the mission. Getting to know his predecessor required him to get to know Elijah’s closest ally — God.
The history of the holiness movement is filled with the stories of men and women who accomplished great things for God. Getting to know their stories will require us to meet the God they loved.