Archive for December, 2011
The world population of 6.97 billion people in 227 countries faces the challenge of surviving different crises: moral, family, political, spiritual, labor, religious, economic, energy, crisis in the stock market, food crisis, among others.
We witness the desperation that a crisis may create in society. For example, we have seen the desperation in the international market as it tries to do the impossible to recapture investors’ confidence. However, confidence in the stock market has diminished worldwide and there is little trust in what the different governments say on the matter.
It would appear that these crises are besieging the world in which we live, and little by little, there are fewer alternatives.
Gradually there is less capacity to feed the international population, there are fewer energy resources to mobilize global transportation, global warming is increasing, there is increasing immorality within each nation, and as if that weren’t enough, we’re seeing activities such as an increase in production of nuclear weapons. Crisis everywhere.
Past generations faced crises like these. What did they do to overcome? How did they accomplish it? What shall our generation do and what are our alternatives? What divine intervention will take place if we determine ourselves to not simply survive but conquer the crises and challenges we will face tomorrow?
The Bible shows us examples in which God intervened on behalf of his people. One such example is found in 2nd Kings 6:24-25, where we find the story of the famine suffered in Samaria while it was under political siege by the Syrian army.
“And it happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels of silver.”
God sent word to his prophet Elisha to encourage Samaria and tell them that they would be delivered from this siege and from their famine:
“Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’”
So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”
And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (Chapter 7:1-2).
Despite hearing the promise of God, the words of the prophet were not believed. Nevertheless, God had a plan of deliverance for the people.
In subsequent verses, we learn that outside the gates of Samaria were four lepers. Remember that during that time, those suffering from leprosy were banished to the outskirts of the city. Lepers were exiled and lived alone in shame, hoping, in the course of time, to die and rest from their painful illness. Verses 3-4:
“Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.”
God had prophesied that Samaria would be delivered but the prophecy had not been believed. It was these four lepers, who simply had a natural human desire to satisfy their hunger and thirst, who served as a catalyst for God’s intervention.
The four lepers came together as a team, recognizing the reality of their situation and, out of their desire to live, decided to go to the camp of their enemy, the Syrian army. To their surprise, when they reached the camp, they found it empty—there was not a single soldier, all had fled.
What had happened? God had intervened while they approached the camp:
“For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” (verse 6)
It would almost seem as if God were waiting for someone to take action in order for him to miraculously intervene and fulfill what He had promised through Elisha. While the king and all the people were starving, locked up in the city, and eating each other, these four lepers came together in agreement and were determined to take action in order to survive their crisis.
>What can we learn from this story?
Crises can immobilize us. Many of us believe that there’s no way to overcome the current crises we’re facing. But let us learn from the four lepers: They took action despite the many factors against them!
Can you imagine how painful it must have been to walk with a disease like leprosy? In the middle of the night and hungry? Their determination to live kept them going and God used this determination as a catalyst for his intervention. We can’t but marvel as we acknowledge that only God can create something extraordinary out of circumstances such as these!
The action of the lepers triggered a series of blessings: it led them not only to satisfy their hunger, but also to take possession of what was in the hands of the Syrians; they then notified the king of Samaria that the siege was over, and thus the famine in Samaria ended. Their just determination and action blessed an entire nation.
The four lepers were not limited by their terrible condition, they were determined to survive—driven by a just desire, and they took action, not knowing that they were becoming instruments of war in the hands of God.
When we come in agreement to do what is right, what is just, God intervenes on our behalf!
Under the present conditions, we need a divine intervention, whether we recognize it or not. As in the case of the lepers, if we act with a fair and just motivation, we will see the intervention of God Most High, and as a result, we will possess what the enemy has stolen.
In this house of prayer, we are determined to reclaim what the enemy of our souls has taken from us. We invite you to join us in intercession before the Father, in the name of Jesus, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that together we can see His intervention in our world.