On Sunday, Pastor Joe (@JoeChampion) shared a passage in his message from 2 Kings 7. In re-reading the passage from The Message translation I wanted to share a few things that God laid fresh on me.
- The king's advisor saw the word that Elisha spoke come to fruition, but he missed out on that blessing because of his unbelief.
- The army of Aram ran scared from a sound that meant nothing - they were jumpy, easilly frightened. When we live a righteous life with God we can walk in confidence. We don't have to jump at every sound or fluxuation of the economy. There is no need to run scared, we are always confident that we can stand our ground.
- The lepers came upon good fortune. And even though, as lepers, they were kept out of the city ( left out, mistreated, judged), they were still convicted to share the good news of their good fortune with the city. They didn't keep it to themselves. We have all been mistreated, bullied, disrespected, put upon, but when God's good fortune, good grace comes upon us, it should motivate us to share with all - even those who have hurt us.
- And here's the best part - all the things that God spoke through Elisha came to pass. "God's Word to the letter." (2 Kings 7:16)
If God has spoken a Word to you, you can trust no matter how much time has passed, that His Word will be fulfilled to the letter. And if you are struggling with unbelief, ask Him to help you believe. Ask Him for faith. Otherwise, you might just end up like the king's advisor who saw the good thing come, but then he missed out on it. He was trampled to death to be precise. God wants much greater for us!
The message translation says:
"God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him." (John 3:17-18)
God loves you so much, and He longs for you to reap all the benefits of being His child. He paid a high price so that you could.