“Then they said to one another: We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent... let us go and tell ...” 2 Kings 7:9 - (complete reading through verse 20)
Today’s devotional has a twofold purpose: (1) How to avoid 'seeing', but not 'enjoying'. (2) How to move from mere 'spectators' to effective 'participants'.
In brief, the story reveals a serious situation. A famine existed in the land due to the sin of willful disobedience. The chastisement of God was obvious. A tremendous breakthrough was about to take place. Even so, an individual in this story was actually told: “You shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it” (7:1-2). WOW!
Now in the same story appear 4 leprous men (v.1). These 4 could well represent us. Their words, decisions and actions will be used by the teaching Spirit to our benefit.
Allow me to share three key essential steps from this story.
First, REFUSE to be complacent. The idea is that we should avoid giving up; settling for a defeatist attitude. Therefore, in view of their circumstances, these 4 concluded they had to do something. Do you? Listen to their dialogue and watch their decision:
"Now there were four leprous men...
· They said to each other, "Why are we sitting here until we die?” (v.3)
· If we say, we will enter the city, the famine is in the city, and we shall die there.
· "And if we sit here, we die also.” (v.4)
· “Now therefore... They rose at twilight to go to the camp…” (v.4-5)
Here's the first lesson: Don't wait for a more convenient time. They moved ahead and "when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there... for the LORD had caused ...” (v.5-7). Hmmm! I wonder what God would do if we would do? Oh, yes, remember reading that faith pleases him? (Heb 11:6)
Here are 4 blessings from God (v.8):
“When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent:
(1) “they ate”
(2) “they drank”
(3) “they carried”
(4) “they hid”
Here's the lesson: 'When' you refuse to remain complacent, 'then' God provides for you, satisfies you and then positions you to bless others. The challenge: Just do it! Take the risk. Trust the Lord! (Philippians 4:19 - and He supplies our 'needs' not so much our 'wants'. Just in case you were wondering. And it's all according to His riches.)
Second, do not RESIST conviction.
'Conviction' is that inner persuasion, that belief, that spirit of guilt which makes us uncomfortable enough to where we are then prompted to do something about our situation. So, as they experience God personally, now they believe others need what they have, that is, to experience God corporately.
At this point, notice the three convicting and convincing things “they then said to one another" (v.9):
(1) "We are not doing right" (v.9) Are we?
(2) "This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent.” ( v.9) Should we?
(3) “If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us (v.9) May I?
May I encourage us to count our blessings. Let's move out of the 'tormenting obligation' column. Come over to the 'liberating relationship' column. Really, it isn't that I have to do it. It's healthier to embrace the attitude of 'I get to do it'. I get too' share the riches of the gospel of God with others. This leads us to the third essential step.
Third, we need to RECAPTURE the spirit of the Great Commission. They said to one another, “Let us go and tell”(v.9). Next time I will share with you 4 encouraging and effective ways of doing this. Until then, under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, 'go and tell'.
Posted on Wed, September 30, 2015
by Sam Petitfils