2 Kings 6:8 – 7:20. The context: In the time of Jehoram King of Israel, the Arameans have besieged Samaria, the capital of Israel. The famine has become so severe that the price of a donkey’s head—completely undesirable food—is 80 shekels. Contrasted to this, during Israel’s golden age under King Solomon, an entire live horse sold for 150 shekels (I Kings 10:29).
It’s so bad that a woman pleads for justice from the king. Her situation? She and another woman had agreed to eat her son the night before and the other’s son that day. So they had eaten her son, but then the other woman hid hers.
The king determines to kill the prophet Elisha. He recognizes that this siege is from the LORD, but rather than repent of his idolatry, he decides to kill the LORD’s prophet.
Elisha’s response to the king is that in 24 hours, prices will drop so drastically that 12 pounds of fine flour will sell for one shekel.
The king’s officer responds that even if the LORD would open the floodgates of heaven, it’s not possible.
So how does it happen? The LORD causes the Aramean army to hear the sounds of chariots and a great army, and they flee. A group of lepers discover the abandoned camp and the Israelites plunder it.
Here’s why I love this passage so much:
The LORD acts in a way that is so beyond what man can fathom. How could the prices drop so considerably in one day? The officer’s response to Elisha’s prediction is incredulity: even if he imagined God changing their circumstances: lifting the siege and relieving the drought by pouring down rain, it’s not humanly conceivable that the famine could end that quickly, because you can’t grow crops to sell overnight. But God didn’t act supernaturally in any “natural” way. He instead gave them the plunder of the Aramean camp.
The application to me brought me to tears today: I can imagine God working in situations; I can even imagine the miraculous, but it’s always still within the realm of my imagination. Instead, I need to look for God to act in my life, ministry and others’ lives way outside of the realm of my imagination, not just in ways I can fathom!
How has God worked in ways beyond what you could even imagine?
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, acccording to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Eph 3:20-21