2 Kings 9: When We Have To Walk by Faith
I don’t know what I would do if someone showed up at my door and told me that I was going to be king. In fact, if that person was just some random servant, I really don’t know how much I would believe him.
That was what happened in 2 Kings 9. Elisha sent his servant to Jehu to tell him that he was king. He knew that it was time to get rid of Ahab, and the prophecy regarding Jezebel needed to be fulfilled.
2Ki 9:4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.
2Ki 9:5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.
2Ki 9:6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.
2Ki 9:7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
Of course, this was pretty unbelievable stuff, and we find out after that Jehu’s friends thought that the servant was mad (verse 11). However, there was some reason that they ended up believing him. The rest of the chapter details the process of him becoming king.
For some reason, they decided to believe that servant. There could have been tons of reasons not to listen to him, but for some reason they did.
That is interesting. The Bible is full of stories like that. People do things that defy reason like building a giant ark or listening to a servant you never met before. They did it on faith.
I am definitely not saying that reason has no place. There are also plenty of people in the Bible who are very reasonable and acted logically. However, I am saying that there is a definite place of faith while we are following God. Sometimes, we might only have faith to go on.