“You will see it happen, but …” 2 Kings vii, 2.
Today, if someone should prophesy that a global financial slowdown will be resolved within 24 hours, who will believe such a prophet or his words? Prophet Elisha sounded weird when he predicted an end to several-months-old famine in the besieged city of Samaria. ‘Then Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the LORD; thus says the LORD, ‘Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel , in the gate of Samaria.”’
Samaria was under siege. The armies of Ben-hadad, king of Aram, had cut off food supply to the capital city of Israel. The famine grew so bad that ‘a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver.” (vi:25). Women struck deals with their friends to secretly kills and eat their children! The King of Israel was so enraged when he heard of such gruesome incidents in his domain that he wished to kill the prophet Elisha. Elisha had earlier prevented the King from annihilating the Aramean army.
When the king sent a messenger to summon Elisha, the prophet received this astounding word from the LORD. God revealed his intention to end the famine in Samaria in 24 hours. The captain of the guard upon whom the King leaned could not believe his ears. He did a quick calculation in his unbelieving mind and said, “That couldn’t happen even if the LORD opened the windows of heaven!” To that statement of unbelief, Elisha replied, “You will see it happen, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” How true were those words! The royal guard indeed saw the miraculous provision of food but he was killed in the resultant stampede.
Did God ever give you a mind-blowing promise? Did you ever brush aside such oracles because of your unbelief and foolishness? If so, do not look elsewhere for causes behind your current situation. Repent and turn to God and plead for His mercies. Pray that God will fulfill His promises in your life. Reach out in faith and receive God’s bountiful offer. Let God worry about His supply lines – whether to open “windows” in heaven or “doors” on earth. Simple unquestioning faith honours God and God will honour those who trust in Him.
Will you be among those who believe God’s Word and His prophets or will you be among who get trampled under the weight of God’s faithful promises?