Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 2 Kings 7:3
Israel was in a difficult place. Ben-Hadad, the King of Syria, was threatening from without and the land was devastated with severe famine. How bad was it? People were eating “donkey’s heads” and “dove droppings” and it gets worse. A woman protested to Jehoram, King of Israel, that she and another woman had agreed to boil their sons and eat them. But after the one had done so, the other reneged on her agreement. No one including the government could provide answers.
The ungodly king feigned being religious with his display of emotion and the sackcloth paraphernalia, while secretly blaming the prophet Elisha for all their troubles. 2 Kings 6:25-31
Promise of Plenty
Meanwhile, Elisha, sitting among the elders, received a word from the Lord that the next day there would be plenty of flour and barley for everyone. The media picked up the story and Jehoram’s chief of staff scoffed and mocked the report as foolishness. It defied logic and contradicted circumstantial evidence. But this was more of a spiritual issue than he could or would understand. 2 Kings 7:1-2
Decision to Move On
At that time, there were four addicts lepers who sat on their stools-of-do-nothing waiting to die. They were stuck in their incurable sameness. Four comrades commiserating about their plight. One asked, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” They reasoned among themselves.
Option one: We go back into the city and die of starvation
Option two: We sit here isolated, waiting to die
Option three: We get up and go face the enemy
Summoning their last ounce of courage and motivation, they chose to go forward and face the enemy. 2 Kings 7:3-4
Discovering the Enemy is Defeated
To their utter surprise they found their enemy, the Syrians, had vanished. They had abandoned their stuff and fled. What seemed like terminal defeat at one point had turned into abundance the next. It is amazing how the tables can turn when God engineers the circumstances in the affairs of men and nations.
These unlikely recipients were rewarded for their motivation and decision to move on. They ate and drank amid the gold and silver and clothing. They started hiding what they had found, hoarding it for themselves. 2 Kings 7:5-8
Sharing the Good News
While basking in their blessing, a quietness settled upon them. The voice of corporate conscience spoke, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news and we remain silent.”
From there they spread the word to the king and subsequently among the people. But the king doubted and was thinking it was subterfuge by the Syrians. Sometimes after a prolonged siege of negative circumstances, it is hard to think hopefully. We become conditioned to think the worst.
The blessing of the lepers became the blessing for all the people. Unfortunately, the cynical chief of staff to King Jehoram did not receive the blessing. He was trampled to death even as all these events were happening just as the Lord had spoken through Elisha. 2 Kings 7:9-20
Takeaway and Current Application
Even when circumstances appear grave, God is at work orchestrating sometimes illogical interventions for His people. Our fear, real or imagined, our previous mind-set, self-induced or caused by others, can thwart our capacity to move forward. We can decide to stay stuck in our lives, our addictions, our past, even our jobs, or we can courageously get motivated to move on. For those who are with Discovery Family Ministries, we have decided to get Motivated to Move On!
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. It is resulting in many lives getting motivated to move on. Part of our mission includes not only breaking out of the cycle of addiction and chronic recovery, but also coming into a new mind-set focused on serving God with the valuable human assets He has given each of us.