2 Kings 8: Listening to the Prophets
It is always somewhat interesting to me that God does not necessarily choose to act in secret. In fact, most of the time, He is really working to make sure that people know what has been happening.
I think that 2 Kings 8 is a pretty good example of that. God told Elisha that He was going to put a famine on Israel for seven years. The Bible does not explicitly state that, but in verse one, we know that Elisha knew about this somehow, and it must have been from God.
2Ki 8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
If you think about it, this one family was probably just like every other family in the country. Obviously, the mother had extraordinary faith, but I am talking about economics. Way back in chapter 4, we actually found out that this family did not have enough food all the time.
Life was difficult, but when they were told by Elisha to get out of town, they were able to make it happen. I am sure that it must not have been easy, and given their financial situation, it might have been even harder. However, they did it because the word of God was plain. God was making Himself heard.
I think that we have a hard time doing this type of thing. Sometimes, the Bible is so plain about a topic, but we don’t necessarily want to respond for some reason. This could be a wide variety of things, so I’m not going to run down the list. However, I think that we can all think of a few things.
I know that it is pretty easy to say, “Well, if a prophet showed up on my doorstep and told me that I needed to move out or do something different, I definitely would do it.” However, we have an entire book full of things that the prophets have said. That excuse really doesn’t hold up.
I hope that we all can figure out first of all what these areas are, but I certainly hope that we do not let anything stand in our way and overcome whatever our barriers are. We are called to do it, and that is what we should be aiming for.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.