October 17, 2014

Today you should read: 2 Kings 7

“Does verse 2 describe you?” This is the haunting question that the Lord brought to my mind today as I tried to discern what was happening in this chapter. Elisha was given a word from the Lord about food for the people, and yet there was an appointed captain who could not believe this word. Here’s the discourse again: he 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!”

Well, as we read, this man saw the word of the prophet fulfilled concerning the food, yet he didn’t get to enjoy the blessings of God’s provision (also prophesy fulfilled). But what can we learn from this story? It’s not like we are going to face this exact situation. This was for a purpose in God’s bigger story of preserving His people and advancing His coming Kingdom through His Son, but there is a lesson for us in this moment. We need to maintain a posture of childlike faith:

“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” (Matthew 18)

What a tragic moment for this captain. But what do I miss out on when I don’t have faith in the promises of the Lord? What provisions (spiritual/material/familial/etc) have I seen but not enjoyed because of my lack of trust? I want to have the faith of a child, that simply believes that his Dad will come through.

How did this passage strike you? What did you glean from the Word today?

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “October 17, 2014”

  1. This isn’t one bit spiritual, but on a point of trivia, flour seemed to be very expensive in Elisha’s day. The scripture describes how God provided what seemed to be a miraculously low price for flour, at 6 quarts for a silver piece (shekel). I was curious what the cost of flour was back then vs. today. If you convert the miracle price of flour into today’s cost for a 5 lb bag, it works out as follows: (6 qt/shekel silver)(.4 shekel silver/oz silver)(17.33 $/oz silver)(1 bag / 5 qt) = $8.31 for a 5 lb bag of flour. Imagine how expensive flour must have been before the miracle. We have it pretty good at $2.50 for a 5 lb. bag.

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