Read 2 Kings 7:1-11
1. God uses the most unlikely people to bring His blessing to others.
Samaria was in lockdown due to the threat from an enemy surrounding the city.
At the City Gate were four lepers who were veterans of isolation.
Wherever they went, they were always made to feel ‘as welcome as a wasp at a picnic’.
However, even though they had been rejected by men, they were loved by God and were about to be written into the annals of history, as His heroes.
God was about to use the despised, the ‘are nots’ to confound a seemingly all powerful army, just as he did through the Early Church 850 years later.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26 New Living Translation (NLT)
2, God chose to partner with them to bless the city and end the lockdown.
It took just four individuals to transform the city and its circumstances.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A SMALL GROUP!
Valuable lessons we can learn from these four men.
The Prophet Elisha was in the city and prophesied that the city would have an abundance of food within 24 hours (7:1)
In accordance with the prophetic word, God stirred the hearts of our unlikely heroes.
They talked together and God placed His plan in their hearts.
Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance to the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” They asked each other. So at twilight they set out for the camp of the Arameans.
2 Kings 7 v 3&5
So often we think that our thoughts originate with us – but often it is God who is the author of our imaginings.
God had a strategy for breaking the lockdown and bringing transformation, yet refused to accomplish it without the partnership of these 4 men.
Together, they formed a plan.
These men would have had a close relationship, forged in the face of shared adversity.
We can be lonely in a crowd but have an incredible sense of belonging and empowerment in the company of just a few close friends.
They agreed that they could no longer sit and do nothing in ‘no man’s land’.
They were neither in the city nor in the enemy camp.
They realised that they needed to move from where they were and approach the enemy camp.
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you”.
Matthew 18:19 New Living Translation (NLT)
They rose together in a ‘stand up anointing’
They left their place of isolation and impotence and went into the midst of the enemy camp.
God went before them and caused panic in the Aramean army, causing them to run for their lives.
By the time the lepers arrived, they found a plentiful supply of food and ate their fill.
They even began to hide the food and treasures for themselves but then a light shone in their hearts.
Once again, God spoke into their hearts in that ‘still, small voice’:-
Finally, they said to each other, “This is not right. This is a day of GOOD NEWS, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone!” v9
They could have had reason to justify keeping it to themselves.
After all, no-one had cared about them when they were starving!
Instead – they responded to rejection with love!
They shared the GOOD NEWS with the city, bringing about transformation and fulfilment of the prophetic word.
How do we change the world? One life at a time!
From our place of unity – we reach out to the one and the world is transformed ONE PERSON AT A TIME!
“During a ‘Blokes’ Zoom meeting recently, we were challenged to share our faith with our friends. Soon after, while driving to work, I had a sense to pray for an opportunity to share Jesus with a particular colleague. On arrival, he was the first person I saw and we had a full half an hour chatting about Jesus.
He didn’t give his life to Christ then but I believe he is a step closer than he was”.
4 Simple Steps Towards Transformation
- They provoked one another into action!
- They stepped out in simple obedience!
- They shared the good news of what they had discovered!
- They were instruments of city transformation!
Jesus said “Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them”
Reflections is written by Ian Jones
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