2 Kings 7
A few years ago, our water heater unexpectedly broke, and after some consultation with a plumber, we realized that we would not only have to get a new water heater, but a water softener as well. I just hate it when that happens! If you don’t have money in savings, unexpected expenses like that can really get you down.
So, I remember being shocked when, a couple of days later, a check showed up in the mail for more than a thousand dollars. Apparently, we had overpaid our mortgage escrow account the previous year, and the mortgage company was kind enough to refund the money to us. Wow! Now, I must admit, at the time, I wasn’t worrying about how we would pay for the new water equipment, but if I had, my worry would have been unnecessary. The check was already in the mail.
The same thing happened in this chapter of 2 Kings. The Israelites who were besieged in Samaria were in deep trouble. Their food was all gone, and they had resorted to eating people and buying pigeon poo with silver—that’s how bad it was. And then, Elisha waltzes in and says, "The Lord promises that tomorrow here in Samaria, you will be able to buy a large sack of flour or two large sacks of barley for almost nothing." (vs 1) No wonder the king’s officer (who was standing there) balked. How could there be such a complete reversal of fortune in such a short amount of time? But it happened, just as Elisha said, and I hope you read the chapter to find out exactly how it happened.
The point is, God specializes in changing our fortunes in a heartbeat. One day we can be desperate, and the next day, we can be in the lap of luxury. It happened to Joseph. You’ll remember that he went from being chained in prison to being the Vice President of Egypt—in a heartbeat.
So, is there anything you’re discouraged about today? Look up. God is not limited by your circumstances. He knows what you need, and He is more than able to provide for you—even if you can’t see how it’s possible for Him to do so. If there’s anything going wrong in your life, He can turn it around in a second. Keep trusting in Him. He won’t let you down!