“The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, ‘Behold, if the Lord should make windows in Heaven, could this thing be?’” — 2 Kings 7:2
The city of Samaria was in terrible trouble. The Syrian army had surrounded the walls, and inside, people were starving to death. The Bible records, “And there was a great famine in Samaria; and, behold, they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver (2 Kings 6:25).”
One woman boiled her son that she might eat his flesh, but another, who shared the meal, refused to follow her example when the need for additional food became urgent. Then an unbelievable event occurred. The prophet Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the Lord; thus says the Lord, ‘Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria (7:1).’”
Had the prophet gone crazy? One of the nobles in the king’s court questioned the prophet’s message and the prophet’s God. God was about to deal with this outspoken critic!
Unbelief grasps at straws; faith clings to the promises of God. There have always been critics and “nay-sayers” in the work of God. Many of these critics operate out of ignorance to the Word of God; some operate out of sheer rebellion. In any case, their tribe has increased in our generation.
Suggest any action that requires faith in our day and you will get 42 objections as to why it can’t be done. “We’ve never done it that way before. We don’t have the money to do that. The time and effort it would take is just not reasonable in this day and time. Etc. etc. etc.”
In 37 years of preaching, I have heard just about every kind of criticism and excuse for why God can’t do something. Is He not the King of Heaven? Can’t He open a window if He wants to?
This outspoken critic became the victim of his own unbelief. When God brought abundance back to His people, this nobleman was trampled at the gate of Samaria by those running toward the blessings of God!
Christians in America are being called to faith again. We have sat idly by while our country has succumbed to spiritual starvation. Sadder than that, we have become the outspoken critics of what God might do next.
It is time for us to believe God! He laughs at the word “can’t.” He has an answer for the outspoken critic of our generation: get broken and believe or be crushed by the crowd that’s coming!” I don’t want to be standing at the gate when I should be running toward the blessing! How about you?