There are things in life that are not easy. Sometimes we sit in our disappointments and sicknesses for too long. We need to make a decision whether we will move in spite of the situation or sit in it and eventually die. I know that life is not easy for any of us, but that’s the beauty of it. Because it’s not easy it forces us to make a decision. We need to make the choice of what we want to do in our circumstances and not blame anyone else for it. You have the power to sit there or move.
2 Kings 7:3-4a (message version)
3-4 It happened that four lepers were sitting just outside the city gate. They said to one another, “What are we doing sitting here at death’s door? If we enter the famine-struck city we’ll die; if we stay here we’ll die. So let’s take our chances in the camp of Aram and throw ourselves on their mercy. If they receive us we’ll live, if they kill us we’ll die. We’ve got nothing to lose.”
Even in their condition they realized that they were going to die weather they sat there or moved. They decided to move. When you move God now can cause your enemies to get out of your way. You will be blessed and you didn’t have to do anything but move even in the midst of your circumstances.
2 Kings 7:5-8 (message version)
5-8 so after the sun went down they got up and went to the camp of Aram. When they got to the edge of the camp, surprise! Not a man in the camp! The Master had made the army of Aram hear the sound of horses and a mighty army on the march. They told one another, “The king of Israel hired the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to attack us!” Panicked, they ran for their lives through the darkness, abandoning tents, horses, donkeys—the whole camp just as it was—running for dear life. These four lepers entered the camp and went into a tent. First they ate and drank. Then they grabbed silver, gold, and clothing, and went off and hid it. They came back, entered another tent, and looted it, again hiding their plunder.
Now that is the God we serve. He will make your enemy afraid of something that’s not even there to bless you. When God does something to deliver you from the hands of your enemy, weather you’re being attacked in your health, finances, provision, friendships, relatives, mental state, and or spirit man, do you give Jesus the praise and Glory he deserves? Don’t answer it without really thinking about what I’m asking.
I’m not just talking about in Good times or bad times only, I’m talking about all the times in between. Do you realize that God is with you, protecting you, providing for you, watching over you at all times? When you move, he will move before you.
These Leprous men didn’t have a clue what was waiting for them, they just knew they had had to move even if it was to sacrifice themselves to their enemies to get something to eat for a little while before they died.
2 Kings 7:5-8 (message version)
9 Finally they said to one another, “We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party! If we wait around until morning we’ll get caught and punished. Come on! Let’s go tell the news to the king’s palace!”
Turning your mess into His message:
(Finally) is the word in this text that stands out to me, for many times we forget all the things that God has done or is doing in our lives. It seems like when god is blessing us we don’t realize it’s from Him and we just sit and enjoy it almost taking credit for it ourselves. They didn’t even consider how God cleared the way for them, they just took advantage of the cleared path. Their belly’s full, the clothing, and spoils of the campsite were theirs, then they thought… oh maybe this is wrong, we should tell someone about this blessing.
Many times we don’t want to think of ourselves as selfish, but if we looked and analyzed our daily lives like we should we would realize differently.
Jesus does so much for us and many times we just go on our way forgetting to give Him reverence and praise for what he is doing.
11-13It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14-16Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, and show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. 17-19Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. Be on your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
The ten men met Jesus, which means they had to move to go to where he was, and even though they couldn’t get closer they raised their voices calling Him. You need to realize that just because you can’t seem to move from your circumstances you can still raise your voice and call out! He can hear you even if you are not close to him.
They asked for Jesus to heal them because they knew He could, “while still on their way, became clean.” You may not get a instant deliverance but if you ask the Lord and trust him he will deliver you in the midst of it. He will clean you while you are in it. Do you recognize that?
Out of the 10 men, only one recognized that. Only one felt grateful enough to thank the Jesus that saved him of his infirmity. The other nine were never to be seen again, they were healed, happy to be healed and kept moving with no consideration of the one who caused the healing to begin with. Be grateful because without God you would be dying and have no salvation. In that alone we need to be grateful, because we were dying in the world and He has delivered us and continues to deliver us in the word.
Go to him, move! If you feel you can’t move to much than raise your voice!
You will be delivered that is the God that we serve………….Amen
What is your take away?