2 The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” — 2 Kings 7:2 NLT
King Ben-Hadad of Aram had laid siege to the city of Samaria. When armies laid seige to a city, they completely closed off all entrances to the city. No one was allowed to leave or enter. In those times, the fields and pastures were outside the walled cities, so once the siege was laid, the people were isolated form their food supply. This siege had continued for so long that people were eating donkeys’ heads and dove dung. The famine was so bad that two women had even made a pact to eat their sons. After one son had been eaten, the second Mother refused to fulfill her part of the contract. The king of Israel blamed all of this misery on Elisha and God. Of course, the real problem was the sins of the king and the people of Israel. They refused to repent so God allowed exactly what He said would happen to happen. The refusal of the king’s assistant to believe Elisha’s statement is just more proof of their refusal to repent and accept God’s message and deliverance.
How many times do we refuse to believe the word of the Lord and fail to see the fulfillment of His promises in our lives? When God has revealed Himself as Jehoavah-Shammah, why do we feel abandoned? When God says He is Jehovah-Jireh, our provider, do we still worry and fret over whether we will have enough of everything we need to sustain us? When God says His name is Jehovah-Rapha, do we doubt that He can heal us? When we know HIs name is Jehovah-Shalom, do we refuse to access His peace? Is God not able to deliver on His promises?
Can and does God deliver on His promise of abundance of food and the fate of the king’s assistant? Check back tomorrow for the rest of the story.