2 Kings 7:12-20 (Part 1) – Don’t Miss Out on The Good Stuff!

Posted: May 19, 2019 in 12-2 Kings

2 Kings 7:12-20 (Part 1 of 3)

Israel Plunders the Camp

A man was putting tin roof on his barn when all the sudden he slipped and began to slide down the roof. He cried out to God to save him when no sooner he got the words out of his mouth a nail caught his pants and stopped him. When he stopped he said, “Never mind, God. I took care of it!”

Isn’t that a good illustration of how we often miss God’s miracles? Isn’t that a good illustration of how we miss God’s miracles in our lives. Even as Christ followers, we have succumbed to some of the influences of the culture where we do not really believe God is still in the miracle business. We have made God small. Often we pray sheepishly to God for fear that He is not in the miracle business anymore. We fail to have the faith that God can or will provide the miracle that we need. Without real faith in God, we miss His miracles in our lives. Without real faith in God, we cannot see the miraculous all around us and thus not see God’s daily activity in our lives. Without real faith in God, He is just some far off God that we send up half-hearted prayers. Without real faith in God, He is just some remote God who cares little for the details of our lives.

Think of the miracle of conception and how that grows from a fertilized egg into a living breathing wonder of God that is my granddaughter. From that single cell has come this sassy, self-aware granddaughter who is the life of the party wherever she goes. Think of the miracle of how the earth just happened to be the right amount of distance from the sun, and just happened to have a single moon orbiting it that regulates the wobble of the planet and the tides so that we have the growing seasons for food, that the earth has the right atmosphere conducive to that growth. Just think of even more specific than that about the plot of land you live on (whether it be an apartment or a single family home), the earth on which it sits contains an amazing complex ecosystem both above ground, at ground level and below ground. That all these ecosystems on the planet operate together in a logical fashion begs us to see the miraculous nature of God.

Yet, these are just three examples of the wondrous power of a Creator God, but yet we often doubt that He cares about us as individuals. We often pray because we think we have to, as Christians. We often pray weakly because we do not believe that God is still in the miracle business, though He is a Creator God who built an entire universe but can do nothing about our personal needs.

That’s the thing that I thought of this morning as I read this passage, 2 Kings 7:12-20, focusing on the doubts made clear in the first verse of the passage and in the last two verses. Both the king and the officer in his guard doubted the power of God. Let’s read the passage now and see their doubts:

12 The king got out of bed in the middle of the night and told his officers, “I know what has happened. The Arameans know we are starving, so they have left their camp and have hidden in the fields. They are expecting us to leave the city, and then they will take us alive and capture the city.”

13 One of his officers replied, “We had better send out scouts to check into this. Let them take five of the remaining horses. If something happens to them, it will be no worse than if they stay here and die with the rest of us.”

14 So two chariots with horses were prepared, and the king sent scouts to see what had happened to the Aramean army. 15 They went all the way to the Jordan River, following a trail of clothing and equipment that the Arameans had thrown away in their mad rush to escape. The scouts returned and told the king about it. 16 Then the people of Samaria rushed out and plundered the Aramean camp. So it was true that six quarts of choice flour were sold that day for one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain were sold for one piece of silver, just as the Lord had promised. 17 The king appointed his officer to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out.

So everything happened exactly as the man of God had predicted when the king came to his house. 18 The man of God had said to the king, “By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost one piece of silver.”

19 The king’s officer had replied, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” And the man of God had said, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” 20 And so it was, for the people trampled him to death at the gate!

In this passage, we have the advantage of being believers reading the Scriptures and we know that God was the provider of the miracle. However, the Samarians had become idol worshippers and had strayed far from God through generations of evil, self-centered kings. Thus, they did not trust the good news that the lepers had brought them. They could not understand why there was a sudden change in fortune. They had grown so used to the fact that they were slowly be starved to death by the surrounding Arameans that they could not believe the miracle.

At the beginning of the passage, we see the king here distrust that the miracle had happened. In the end of the passage, we see that the doubting officer of the king’s guard had previously said that he would not believe that God could do anything about this situation even if the gates of heaven were flung wide open. He doubted God’s ability to change the situation. Because of his unbelief, this officer was trampled to death under foot by the stampede of people rushing to receive God’s miraculous provision.

Are you and I often unable to believe that God is still in the miracle business? He is still in the miracle business. He responds to our prayers. We must have faith to believe in His miraculous provision. It may not always look the way we prefer it but He does answer our prayers. Have to the faith to pray for miraculous provision or healing. How often we limit God by seeing the miracles of the Bible as nice stories but not applicable to real life in the 21st century. The prayers of a righteous man avails much, the Bible tells us. Believe in the miracles that He has already provided in your life, the life of people you know, and even in news stories about people you don’t know. There are God miracles all around us but we explain them away as random coincidences. Have the faith to believe that God is still in the miracle business and you will begin to see His miracles and not miss out on His intimate action in our daily lives. Don’t miss out on the good stuff!

Amen and Amen.

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