Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’” (1 Kings 18:44)
It's day seven. There is a cloud appearing in the sky. Our Lord is moving in our midst. We must expect the unexpected.
This morning I was reading one of those tragic and disturbing portions of Scripture. It describes famine, siege and cannibalism. Hopelessness is reigning in Israel (Samaria). (See 2 Kings 6:24-31)
But notice the response the prophet Elisha declares!
Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’” (2 Kings 7:1)
In response to Elisha, an officer responds.
So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”(2 Kings 7:2a)
In the midst of our drought, famine, floods, tornadoes, failing economy, abortion, border issues and perversion - could this thing be? Could God open the heavens and release His blessings? Can He halt the waters from crossing their boundaries? Can He cause rain to fall from dry skies? Can He align the nations with His heart and release peace and blessing? Can He turn the head of a king to do righteousness and justice?
YES! Look to the heavens. Seek the hand of God. Pray persistently to witness Him move in our midst. Do not let doubt arise. Let us be among those who witness His power in our day!
Elisha answered the officer: And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (2 Kings 7:2b) As you read on, the officer was trampled at the city gate as people flooded out the gates to gather the surplus of an army that had been dispersed by God's hand!
What is our response?
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Watch for tomorrow! The call to pray continues!