Samaria was under siege and people were starving and even eating their own children.* A woman complained to the king, "We ate my son yesterday but this other woman is hiding her son."
The king tore his clothes in despair. He vowed to kill the prophet Elisha. Elisha had performed miracles before. Surely he had power to deliver them now and he was doing nothing.
The king arrived at Elisha's door and announced, "It is the Lord who has brought trouble on us! Why should I wait any longer for the Lord?"
Elisha said, "Hear this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver."
Now this appeared impossible. At that moment a donkey's head was sold for two pounds of silver and a cup of dove's dung cost about two ounces of silver.
But Elisha had heard from the Lord. He was not afraid to believe that God could and would do the impossible.
"That couldn't happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!" the messenger retorted.
Elisha had a word for him. "You will see it happen, but you won't be able to eat any of it!"
And that is what happened. Two lepers decided to go to the enemy camp and beg for food. God had caused the whole enemy army to hear the sound of galloping horses and clattering chariots and they fled for their lives.
The two lepers went into one tent after another and began eating and drinking and carrying out silver and gold. Finally, they said, "This is not right. We'd better tell the others."
The next day there was such a mad rush that the messenger who was stationed at the door was trampled to death. He was the one to whom Elisha had said. "You will see it happen, but you won't be able to eat any of it!"
Dear Jesus, we will continue to look to You and believe that You will answer.
"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God'" (Mark 10:27).
*2 Kings 6 and 7
Memory Verse for April
"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things" (Romans 8:32).
Please pray for the Discipleship Summit that meets this week at an Amish Inn in Ohio. Pray that the Spirit's glorious presence will be felt in every session. Ask God to give His messages to each speaker.