Faith Story #3 – 2 Kings 4:38-41
Below are the five points that I gleaned from my study, and believe will be a blessing to readers.
- “…there was a famine in that region.” ~Verse 38. Famines in the Bible usually literally represent financial lack. Symbolically, famine can also represent a state of spiritual lack in the nation. Are you experiencing a financial and/or spiritual lack? Aren’t many of us these days?
- “…the company of the prophets was meeting with him.” ~Verse 38. In those days, “the company of prophets” represented the presence and voice of God. In our lack we have to be able to tap into God’s presence so we can hear His instruction for provision and protection. **As we learned from our previous faith point, our nation and world is in a spiral of spiritual and financial lack. Now, even more than six months ago, as we approach a new year, we need to be in God's presence, listening for His voice! Join us here and on The Christian Woman Chronicles page during the month of December as we strategically and Biblically seek God for what's next, so we can be on the same page as HIM, no matter what 2021 brings.**
- “…picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold” ~Verse 39. The servant of the prophets was not only obedient, he was zealous. He went above and beyond what was asked of him. How does God reward those who serve Him in this manner? We will see God’s faithfulness to perform miracles and “work everything out for our good.”
- “…there is death in the pot!” ~Verse 40. What happens when our good intentions and effort to be obedient to The Lord turns out to be a tragic misunderstanding? Do we give up or draw closer to God for help? Sometimes we can misunderstand God’s will. Sometimes we may not have heard His voice clearly. Sometimes He is silent, and we walk in mustard seed faith. Does that nullify His power? Does that nullify our faith in Him?
- “Serve it to the people to eat. And there was nothing harmful in the pot.” ~Verse 41. The people knew that the vegetables were poisonous, but God’s instructions were to eat in faith. When things don’t look like or sound like or turn out like we think they should, Jesus still requires us to walk and act in faith, not fear. Even our mistakes can become miracles, when we live by faith. Those who ate would never have experienced their miracle had they not turned a blind eye to what happened and focused on what God had spoken. The key point here is “what God had spoken.” Unfortunately, we often try to equate our desires with God’s will. Expect nothing in those cases. Nothing but complete surrender to His will and words will glean us a miracle. “Walking in faith” is not the same as “I want it, so God is going to give it to me.” Walking in faith means being obedient to what God says no matter how it looks, feels, sounds, or what the consequences.
May your faith increase, and your doubt and fear decrease.
With Great Expectation,