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Desperate Words

Posted: Saturday, June 24

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Kings 6:1-7:20
Acts 15:36-16:15
Psalm 142:1-7
Proverbs 17:24-25

 Verse of the day:

“The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” (2 Kings 7:2)

Have you ever been in a really desperate situation? As we read through this portion of 2 Kings we find the people who live in Samaria in really desperate circumstances. The King of Aram had surrounded Samaria with his entire army with plans of overtaking them. The people within Samaria could not leave the protected boarders of their city leaving them with a limited supply of food. Food quickly became very scarce. The Bible tells us that they became so desperate that they began to pay good money to eat a donkeys head or even the bathroom remnants of a dove- disgusting. The Bible even describes a story about how two mothers made a deal to kill their sons and eat them so that they would have food to eat. Only incredibly desperate people are driven to such measures.


It is in this context that the words of our verse for today are spoken. Elisha had a message from the Lord that the circumstances were about to change for the people in Samaria and that relief was coming the next day. To the desperate people hearing Elisha’s words his message sounded outlandish and ridiculous and the officer that had been sent to assist the king let Elisha know that. He says, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!”


Elisha assures him that what he has said will happen but that the officer will not be able to enjoy the blessing that God is about to give them. As we finish out the story we find that Elisha’s words were true and that God had come through for the people of Samaria. In the course of a few hours their circumstances had been totally turned around. Sadly, for the officer Elisha’s words were also true for him. As the people rushed out of the city to retrieve the food and blessing he happened to be trampled to death in the stampede.


If there is a lesson that we can take away from today’s reading it is to be careful what we say about God, even in our places of desperation. The compassionate side of us can understand that he was coming from a place of desperation when he spoke these words, but understanding where someone is coming from doesn’t excuse the behavior. What he said was insulting to who God is. Often, in our desperation we are tempted to get mad at God or to doubt His ability to move in our situation. In those moments of desperation remember back to this story. Remember that we serve a God who has the power to change our circumstances in the blink of an eye, and remember the officer who doubted that truth.