THEME: DISASTER MANAGEMENT
2 Kings 7:3-4 NIV
“Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”
-Leprosy was a common disease in the Biblical times. The four lepers befallen by disease and famine were at the point of starvation. They were excluded from the city and on the point of perishing due to hunger. They felt that they would be no worse off and might better their condition if they departed to the Syrian camp. On arrival they found it deserted for the entire host had been served by sudden panic for the Lord had caused them to flee the Arameans by hearing the sound of chariots and horses, and thought that the Israelites had haired Egyptians and Hittites to attack them. They fled in the dusk and abandoned their valuables and tents. The Lord managed their disaster of drought and famine, and sustained the Samaritans. Elijah’s prophecy of relief and deliverance was therefore fulfilled for the glory of God. Our God preserves us in times of drought and hears our prayers. God calls us to ask and we will receive from Him, to seek and we will find, to knock and the door shall be opened unto us.
Often times have we heard disaster being termed as acts of God. The disaster managers or response players who normally comprise of:- government bodies, non-government organizations, disaster management specialists and other interested parties. They deploy emergency operations command centers that offer training to provide multiple functions in disaster zones including humanitarian aid, medical assistance, and engineering facilities to ensure an emergency situation is well handled. We find several disasters referenced by the Holy scriptures starting from the fall of man, the story of Noah and the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and many others. The Lord rescued Noah a righteous man and his household, including pairs of animals as He was displeased by the evil men performed in that generation. He also saved Lot and his family given Abrahams intervention and plea for mercy from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is through the love of God that we have been saved and find security and safety for our souls. Even though Jesus was in the boat with the disciples, they experienced turbulence in the sea and thought they would die. Emanuel, God with us is our ever present help in times of trouble. He is our Provider when we experience drought and lack, and cautions us from gluttony. Jesus is our Shepherd and guides us as we invest in diverse ventures lest our nation is struck by disaster. Like the Samaritans who experienced famine and severe inflation, the Lord made a way to sustain them. As we take heed to disaster response mechanisms, we are reminded to wait upon the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1). God is our deliverer and we are reminded to remain in Him as He is us, and we will find help and protection from all forms of disaster.
Dear Almighty Father we come before Your throne of mercy today with praise and thanksgiving to obtain grace and mercy for our time of need. Father we thank You for Your ultimate faithfulness and mercies upon our lives. We thank You for all You have done for us in our lives. You are a good and faithful God. We honor You and praise You. Father, may You forgive us from all iniquity and trespasses. May You help us in all our weaknesses and shortcomings and be our strength. May You heal our wounds and cure all those who are sick among us. May You provide for all those who lack and those who are homeless. May You deliver us from every present and future disasters that might come upon the land. May You release Your wisdom upon us to guide us as make decisions and manage all disasters for Your glory. May You help us to plan properly for the future and guide us in the way that we should go. May help us Holy Spirit our Helper and show us the way of truth and righteousness. May we be like Joseph that we may be a means for sustenance to Your people. Father You are our help in times of need and our Strong tower, our refuge in You we trust and hope. We hope in You Lord, may You renew our strength, that we may soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your love and grace upon our lives. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Isaiah 40:31
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