2 Kings 7:2 (ESV): 2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
In the midst of telling various mighty miracles of Elisha is the story of the Syrians besieging Samaria. There was a great famine in the city and things barely considered edible were sold for high prices.
A woman approached the king and told him a terrible story. She and her friend had determined to eat their own sons. They ate her son the first day, but now her friend had hidden her son.
The king was outraged and determined to kill Elisha. When the king arrived, however, Elisha told him that in 24 hours food prices would be extremely cheap. The king’s captain responded with the words highlighted.
As we continue reading, we find that God caused the Syrians to hear a great sound that made them think they were being attacked by other nations. They fled, leaving everything behind.
When the Israelites learned their enemy was gone, the people rushed out to gather the spoil. The king’s captain was manning the gate and was trampled by the crowd. And food was once again so plenteous that the prices became cheap, just as Elisha had said.
When we look at our situation and take stock of our resources, we have reason to despair. But with God, impossibilities become possible. We must not doubt, so that we may enjoy his miraculous deliverance.
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing a way when there is no way. Help me to trust you and believe you fully, following your direction. Amen.