2 Kings 7: 1-2 (MEV): Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, “If the Lord were to make windows in heaven, could this thing happen?” And he said,” You will see it with your eyes, but you will not eat from it.”
I hope when I hear the word of the Lord spoken, I would not be like the officer. I want to believe God’s word spoken to me. But most of all, I do not want to make fun of it. Can you imagine being Elisha and speaking under the power of God, and someone shouts “that’s the craziest thing I ever heard”. I may not have an Elisha in my circle of friends, but I may have those who may try to give me words of wisdom, how sad it would if I quickly dismissed what they were saying, and quickly dismissed the benefit the words could have in my life. Unfortunately, the officer heard these words from Elisha; “You will see it with your eyes, but you will not eat from it”.
Then the Lord performed a miracle! The Arameans thought they were being attacked by several armies. Because of this, they fled and left behind all their treasures. (v6) Because they left behind all their treasures, the Israelites plundered their belonging and had plenty of food, animals, and other goodies which had been in short supply. So, the words of Elisha became truth.
And also, unfortunately for the officer, the people trampled him in the gate and he died. Which were also true words spoken by Elisha.
So, what if my friend is speaking truth into my life? I may not die, as the officer did, but I may miss out on plunder that could enrich my life. I need to take the words spoken to me, to God, and/or to the Bible, to see if they line up with the Word of God. Not everything spoken to me will be from a man of God, but I need to be able to discern which ones are, and pay attention to them. I believe the Lord has things to say today, just as He had words to say that day in Israel.
2 Chronicles 21:4 (MEV): The Jerhoram rose up over the kingdom of his father and he became strong. And he killed all his brothers with the sword and even some of the officials in Israel.
2 Chron. 21: 11(MEV): He even made high places in the hill country of Judah and caused those in Jerusalem to be like prostitutes, and he led Judah astray.
Elijah wrote a letter to Jehoram , and part of it said “Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and have led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom, as the house of Ahab led Israel into whoredom, and also have killed your brothers, those of your father’s house, who were better than you, the Lord will bring a great plague on your people, your possessions, and you will have great sickness with a disease of your intestines” (v12b-15)
2 Chron 21:17 (MEV): And they (Philistines and Arabians) went up against Judah and broke through, and they took every possession found in the palace of the king, even his sons and wives, so that no son was left with him except his youngest Ahaziah.
2 Chron 21: 20 (MEV): He was thirty-two when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he departed with no one’s regret. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
The more I read about these kings and how they acted just amazes and disgusts me. I grew up with seven siblings, and I cannot even imagine killing them. They may have gotten on my nerves from time to time, but not once did killing ever cross my mind. But that was only the beginning of his sins. Day after day his evil doings seemed to increase. I don’t believe in Karma, but I do believe in “do unto others as you would like done unto you”. It may be the same in this respect. I can’t even imagine someone doing, or treating others as he did. But I hope that if I had a leader over me like Jehoram, that I would be steadfast in my beliefs and not follow in his ways. I would like to be part of the town of Libnah who revolted from being under his rule because he had abandoned the Lord God of his fathers. (v.10) I am so glad I do not live in that era. But I am not surprised that he died with “no one’s regret”. That to me would be sad if I died and no one cared. But worst yet would be if the people cheered because I was dead. It reminds me of a scene in the Wizard of Oz when the wicked witch was killed and all the munchkins came out from hiding, happy that the witch was dead. But if I treat those around me with disrespect or treat them like dogs, the same could happen to me. It does matter what I do! God sees everything I do, and will intervene when, or if I get too ugly. I can’t say “I’m not as bad as that guy” because it is not about “that guy” it is about me! God only sees what I do, and how I react in situations, and I am only judged by what I do! I matters how I think, and about how I treat others. If I am not kind and loving, compassionate and forgiving to those around me I am not being as I should be. Jehoram was way off course, therefore he was not buried in the tombs of the kings. I say amen to that!
Everything I do for God should be done in secret. If I go around telling everyone what I do and get man’s praise then I will not receive my heavenly reward. This applies to tithes, prayers, good deeds, and fasting. (v.1-18)
I need to store my treasures in heaven, not in my earthly home. What I value most is where my heart lies. (v. 19-21)
My eyes determine the light of my body. If I watch or see things that are dark, then it affects me negatively. (v. 22-23)
I cannot serve God and money. I don’t think it means that I can’t have money, it just means I can’t worship it. (v. 24)
If I don’t forgive others, God will not forgive me. I can’t have it one way. It must go in both directions. (v. 14)
I should not worry about what I will drink, eat, wear. God knows what I need and He will provide them for me. (v25-34)
In 2017 I was in the hospital for 2 months, I couldn’t drive for 2 more years, and not once was there ever a time that I needed anything. My neighbor mowed my grass, groceries were brought in weekly, even my cats were taken care of while I was in the hospital. I wasn’t on the phone asking people to do this, they just did it. I know firsthand what God will do for those who “seek first the kingdom of God”. I learned to take one day at a time. My time is wasted if I dwell on what may be. My day is ruined when I fear about my future. I trust God and choose to walk with Him daily. I cannot worry about tomorrow. Today has enough trouble of its own. And so far, God has been extremely faithful.
If only Jehoram had walked like this!
Father God, Holy is Your name. Your kingdom come; Your will be done; on earth as it is in heaven! Teach us to walk in your ways, provide for us, and forgive us, as we forgive others. Please keep us from all evil now and forever more. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, the glory and honor Amen!