This is how God works. He puts people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness.
- David Platt
We have been studying the Miraculous power of God. Now we are going to look more at the life of Elisha and see how God will miraculously provide for you!
You maybe in a situation that feels despite. You may have lost a job, or been working a lot less than normal. It is in these times when our faith and trust must be in God not in our own hands.
David Platt explains that it is in these moments of great desperation that God will provide for His children to show His Great power!
Do you need your faith renewed, your faith strengthened, your faith started?
In a time of great desperation God will provide in the most unexpected way. The title “When Pigs Fly” means we are waiting for something amazing and unexpected in a situation we are in.
In the movie the Incredibles; Mr. Incredible (the dad) gets out of his car in desperation wishing life was different and he looks over seeing a little neighbor kid on his big wheel, asks, “What are you waiting for?!?!” The boys response is…
I don’t know…Something Amazing…I guess!
Then Mr. Incredible responds with a sigh…”Me too kid.”
Are you looking for something Amazing today? Have you been feeling likes its time for something Amazing from God?
Today we are going to look at the life of Elisha and how God placed the Samaria in a “positions where they are desperate for his power.” Maybe this is how you are feeling too; God I am waiting for something amazing.
24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels.
2 Kings 6:24-25
There are a few things that are few things that need to be clarified in order to understand the terrible situation these people where in.
- The Army of Aram surrounded the city so no one could enter or leave.
- It is unclear how long they were attacking and surrounding the city but it was a long time.
- It is believed that Elisha instructed the king not to surrender the city.
- The donkey’s head was sold to be eaten, even though it was considered unclean to eat…and Gross!
- 80 shekels of silver is about 2 pounds (today worth about $450!)
It is very clear they are economically in the worst place they had ever been! As the account of the famine continues the desperation of the people is so great they resort to deplorable actions!
As the king heard more and more problems from the people he became very angry accused Elisha for the famine. However, in reading the background of the invasion it is clear the city and the people of God had turned away and began following false gods. It is clear from Scripture if we are not obeying and following after God to be our identity and salvation we will be on the side of judgement. But the king sends a messenger to kill Elisha for the problems instead of recognizing the problem lies within himself not the prophet of God.
The king was watching for something amazing, but he was looking in the wrong direction!
The king said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
2 Kings 6:33
We must not get caught up in the provision of this world when God has called us to look to Him for provision. To often we can become reliant on our selves for safety, security, and provision; that we forget that if we watch in faith we will see something amazing from God.
Before the messenger arrived Elisha heard from God that he was coming and locked the door. Then in chapter 7 Elisha prophecied that God would provide.
1 Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah (about 20 pounds) of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”
2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”
“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”
2 Kings 7:1-2
Elisha prophesied that by that time tomorrow the famine would be lifted and there would be so much overflowing from God that the best flour and barley…something they probably hadn’t had in some time would be 1 shekel (about $5.50 today). This was such an impossibility that the officer who was sent made fun of Elisha saying essentially even if it rains right now. It is impossible for that amount of food to grow and be harvested and sold tomorrow!
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
This man could not see how that was possible that he fell into unbelief and was placed back under the judgement of God. He was not able to believe that pigs could fly.
We must remember to live by faith and not by sight. Believe that God will provide! God is faithful to provide for you…when you are faithful to Him!
We must as the people of God needed to turn from their evil ways and trust that God is in control and will provide for what we need. Not because of what we can control, but we must be fully reliant on Christ for everything we need. If you lost a job, a business, stocks, savings, houses, or you have been struggling with staying above the bills of life let God and let God handle it for you. Trusting that He will provide and not falling into the trap of the king who blamed God or the officer who became cynical believing God must not be real.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7b-10
In times of difficulty and change we must trust that in our weakness we are made strong in Christ. When it looks like we can’t afford for our families believe God will bring the provision! Allow yourself to be weak and trust in Christ to be your strength and provision!
Back to 2 Kings…
3 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”
5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, 6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.
8 The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.
9 Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”
10 So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.” 11 The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace.
12 The king got up in the night and said to his officers, “I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving; so they have left the camp to hide in the countryside, thinking, ‘They will surely come out, and then we will take them alive and get into the city.’”
13 One of his officers answered, “Have some men take five of the horses that are left in the city. Their plight will be like that of all the Israelites left here—yes, they will only be like all these Israelites who are doomed. So let us send them to find out what happened.”
14 So they selected two chariots with their horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army. He commanded the drivers, “Go and find out what has happened.” 15 They followed them as far as the Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn with the clothing and equipment the Arameans had thrown away in their headlong flight. So the messengers returned and reported to the king. 16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the Lord had said.
17 Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. 18 It happened as the man of God had said to the king: “About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”
19 The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” 20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.
2 Kings 7:3-20
In the most unexpected way at the last possible time God provided for the people! The two lepers believed it was better to die or be prisoners then to remain dying of starvation. This seems logical as we look back on the situation, but that thought probably was not a natural. It was probably a supernatural urging to make the trip into the camp of an enemy who had been attacking them for such a long time. Once they entered the came they found that God had cause the victory because He is faithful to His word.
God is speaking to all of us all the time, if we are quiet enough to listen then willing to take a step of faith even when it doesn’t make sense. Believe that God will carry you through the situation you are in; but once you are through remember that it was not your strength that pulled you through. It was the faithful overwhelming power of God to provide for you!
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
James puts it this way.
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
When you allow doubt to fill your life you will become like the official who did not believe and the judgement instead of the provision and mercy of God was on his life. If you are struggling with doubt; follow in the example of the desperate father who said to Jesus in the Mark…
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Do not live in guilt or hopelessness; because if you are willing to ask Jesus Christ will build your faith and trust in His words. When you least expect it He will provide for you if you are faithful to trust and obey.
Have you been waiting for something Amazing? Allow your present situation to be the desperation God will use to provide and show His glory to you and those around you!
In closing I want to speak to those who are not feeling that desperation and need for God…Sir Frances Drake was a pirate in the 1500s and prayed for provision from God, but not as many as us. Instead of flouting in the easy safe belief we must know that there is more God has for us and if you are not desperate for God to provide maybe you are playing it too safe. Sir Drake prayed…
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
Sir Frances Drake