KeyVerse: “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a mea- sure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria” (2 Kings 7:1).
Text: 2 KINGS 7:1-8
Someone defined miracle as “An event occurring in the natural world, observed by the senses, produced by divine power, without any adequate human or natural cause, the purpose of which is to reveal the will of God and to do good to man”.
From our text, Joram the king of Israel wanted some urgent miracle from God to stop the deadly famine ravaging the land. Elisha then prophesied that food would once more be available to the extent that the inflationary prices would fall drastically. Prices for fine flour for the people and barley for the animals would become very affordable the very next day.
Although the officer who attended to the king didn’t believe the words of the prophet and scoffed at what Elisha said, God still found a way to bring His promise to fulfillment. The scene shifts to outside the locked gates of Samaria where four lepers lived in isolation, unawares of Elisha’s prophecy, discovered abundance of food abandoned by the vast army of Syria who retreated in panic from their camps when they thought they were being invaded by mercenaries.
Unbelief made the officer in our text to doubt the promise of God. “Will it become like Noah’s flood,” he mocked, “with food instead of rain pouring out of heaven?” He thought the prevailing situation was too difficult to reverse with just a prophesy from God’s servant.
In times of crisis, God often sends His Word through His chosen prophets. To the humble heart that is open to God, the Word generates faith; but to the proud, self-centered heart, it makes the heart even harder. However, God will find a way to fulfill His promise no matter the prevailing situations.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The greater the obstacle, the easier it is for God to fulfill His promise.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZEKIEL 18 – 21