Someone needs the encouragement this post provides today! Two accounts from the Bible (found in 2 Kings 6:24 – 8:6) proclaim the great truth that nothing is to hard for the Lord – what we think is impossible, with Him is entirely possible! In the natural, we may say that something just cannot happen – but if God has promised it, He has a way to fulfill it!
The first account involves a siege of Samaria by Benhadad, king of Syria. Conditions were desperate, there was almost no food available in the city. Two starving women had actually plotted to eat their own children. Angry about the situation, king Jehoram, threatened to kill prophet Elisha.
Elisha prophesied something that seemed impossible! He said that the next day there would be an abundance of food. The Bible says, “Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, ‘If the Lord Himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be!?’ Elisha responded, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it!” (2 Kings 7:1-2)
The next day four lepers decided in desperation to approach the Syrian camp at the risk of their lives in hopes of perhaps finding mercy. To their surprise there was no one there – the entire army had fled – “The Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army” and they fled away in fear leaving everything behind. The lepers took all they could, then realized the good news needed to be shared. When the people in the city discovered it was true they actually stampeded and trampled on one another to get to the abundance left behind! In the process the captain who had doubted the prophet’s words was trampled to death, thus fulfilling the prophet’s words.
The second account involves the Shunammite woman, whose son God had raised from the dead through Elisha’s ministry. Famine had come to the land. Elisha had urged her to leave Israel and “sojourn wherever you can.” She and her husband left everything behind and went to the land of the Philistines for seven years. Here is where the account gets exciting! The Bible says, “at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to appeal to the king for her house and her land. Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, ‘Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.’ And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, ‘My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life!” And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, ‘Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now!’” (2 Kings 8:3–6 ESV)
Incredible! Can God keep his promises? He not only can, He will! Things may seem completely impossible … He has ways! Be encouraged!!