Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 6:24-8:15 / Acts 22:22-23:11 / Proverbs 16:8-17
Impossible! That was the response of the king’s guard as Elisha prophesied a miraculous turnaround for Israel. The nation was experiencing catastrophic days. Samaria was held hostage by the entire army of Aram; no one went in or out. The famine was so severe that donkey’s heads and dove’s dung were sold for exuberant amounts of silver. People had resorted to cannibalism, even eating their own children!
The king of Israel blamed God for the nation’s distress and he was so enraged, he vowed to kill Elisha. When the king and his guard approached Elisha, he prophesied, “Hear the word of the Lord, this is what the Lord says. About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” (2 Kings 7:1)
In disbelief and doubt, the guard said, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” Elisha responded to the guard, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it.” (vs.2) The guard did not know the severity of Elisha’s words or his own future but he would find out shortly.
God didn’t have to open the floodgates of heaven – He caused the entire Aramean army to flee in great fear, thinking they heard chariots, horses and the sound of a great army. God also moved upon four lepers who discovered the army’s retreat. The people rushed to gather the spoils left by the Aramean army, and in mob like fashion, trampled the king’s guard to his death. Within 24 hours, Elisha’s prophecy was fulfilled – a miraculous turn around for Samaria and judgment upon the guard.
We can never dismiss the intervention of God in the most impossible conditions. He works in ways that we could never imagine. God uses supernatural and natural means to work miracles. Like the king’s guard, never question, doubt or mock the promises of God…it may be the difference between life and death.