The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died. (2 Kings 7:19-20 NIV)
Why do we doubt the word of God? The king’s right hand man expressed severe doubt as to whether what Elisha declared could ever happen. His doubt was to a degree reasonable. The circumstances were perilous, people resorting to eating children highlighted just how desperate the situation was. Hearing that in the space of a day the situation would undergo a complete transformation sounded more than incredulous.
The thing was bringing God into it. Questioning God’s ability – even if He opened up the windows of heaven. What? The situation is too big for God? Uh oh.
The God who was able to get rid of leprosy with five dips in the Jordan and let a few loaves feed over a hundred had no problems with this situation. He didn’t even have to open any windows in heaven at all. Once more, His means of miraculous deliverance was of the unconventional kind. Four lepers realising there’s no point in staying where they were at the gates of the city under siege, and no point going into a city starving. Four lepers taking steps of faith into the only place where the goodies were available. Four lepers who came across a large camp full of food, clothes and great riches. Four lepers who didn’t keep the good news to themselves. Four lepers who were the instrument God used to bring about a remarkable turnaround that saw a city on the brink turn into a city with a bounteous bonanza.
What seems impossible to man is no problem to God. It is just for us to believe when God speaks, rather than have the temerity to suggest God is not able. What a tragedy to see God do the miraculous but never live to enjoy it.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden