From Handbook to Scripture, Day 106
READING: 2 KINGS 7
Because of the Syrian siege of Samaria, the capital of Israel experienced such a severe famine that some of the people were resorting to cannibalism. The king of Israel blamed Elisha for the trouble and sought his life, but Elisha predicted that within one day the famine would be lifted. The Lord caused the Syrian army to hear the noise of a great army, and they fled in terror, leaving their provisions behind. When four lepers decided to surrender to the Syrians rather than starve in Samaria, they were amazed to see the empty camp and all the goods. They announced the good news to the gatekeepers of Samaria, and after a cautious investigation proved it was true, the people of the city plundered the empty Syrian tents.
Prayer: Lord, there are no circumstances that are so severe that they cannot be overturned in an instant if You choose to do so. May I look at You and Your good pleasure rather than the circumstances I face, knowing that You will work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.
Meditation passage: verses 6, 9
For the Lord had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.” (verse 6)
Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” (verse 9)