THEME: DON’T LOSE HOPE
2 Kings 6:24-31 NIV
“Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels. As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my Lord the king!” The king replied, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.” When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth on his body. He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!”
-Israel persisted in their sinfulness and God raised up Ben-Hadad as an adversary to drive them to Himself. The famine that resulted from Ben-Hadad’s siege was so severe that Israel resulted to high food prices thus cannibalism, and king Jehoram blamed Elisha for their mishap. Through disobedience to God’s word, such calamity was evidenced from the beginning. Leviticus 26:29 says that, “You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.” Cannibalism became evident as the Israelites disobeyed God’s statutes. King Jehoram tore his robe and had sackcloth on as a way of repentance to God and put the prophet Elisha to task, for God’s restoration. Such is the situation in our nation and we find prevailing high food prices of commodities, high taxation rates, oppression of the orphans, fatherless, widows and the poor, and proposal to close all children’s homes, and giving up power to the Muslim community. The situation in Samaria is similar to what we are faced with today. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us saying, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Instead of complaining let us repent and pray. Let us not loose hope but repent and go back to God and follow His ways and He will heal our land just as He did during the time of Elisha where the food prices stabilized.
We come to Your feet merciful Savior asking You for mercy. We come to You asking You for Your grace and mercy loving Savior. Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion and blot out our transgressions. May You wash away all our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. We repent all our sins, may You forgive us our sins, sins of our families, communities, churches, leaders and nation. May You wash us with Your precious blood dear Jesus and restore us. Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us. May You open the flood gates of heaven and make it rain upon our land Abba Father. May You heal our land from oppression, injustice, poor governance, high food prices and high standards of living, corruption, looming poverty levels, foreign rulership and other national, religious, economic and societal challenges. May You take over our nation and fight for us all our battles, for the battle belongs to You. We thank You Jesus for Your merciful love upon us. We pray this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 51:1-19, Job 1:5