2Kings 7:1-20, “And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die?”
We all want to see things happening in our lives. Most don’t want to be in the same place forever so they hunger for change, for growth, for move. In my own life, I don’t want to see my life stagnant and I hope you are too. For whatever reason, we easily miss seeing things being manifested in our lives only to hear them mentioned by someone else. Perhaps one reason could be, we dwell so much on what we want to see and we miss what He wants us to see. He therefore uses someone else to point it out. Has anyone ever come to you and told you of something good in your life that you either did not know about or did not see? In the process of learning these things, you wonder how the Lord would show someone else something He is doing in your life without you knowing.
2Kings 7 introduces us to four men I love their story. I’ve shared from this passage many times and will continue because of the richness of its message to us. Four men, leprous, outcast, no signs of hope for healing, living at the entrance of the gate. Weak, no relationships, no destiny, no dreams etc. What do you do or say when all that was going well all of a sudden get crumbled because of a new development? I believe that before they had leprosy, they had good families, dreams, desires, visions and the like but with the new development, what else was there to live for? Ever heard an experience that shook everything you believed in, stood for and desired to accomplish?
While in their situation, they thought of something. Listen to their reasoning, vs. 3, “…and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die”. This is what I call the God given ability to reason that leads to change. I have been in some situations where I waited for the Lord to say a word and He did not, all I needed to do was to initiate a move having been guided by His word and He would take over and guide. When David faced Goliath, it was his move due to God given reasoning and God honored it for His glory, and so was Peter when he saw Jesus at a distance and desired to walk on water. He asked the Lord to command him to come to Him on water. To go back to these four lepers, they knew their condition but they understood that they were not condemned to die of starvation while there was a great famine in Samaria. Their move did not mean that everything was going to be well but it meant changing location, doing something different. If they stayed, they would die anyway, if they moved there was a possibility of either dying in the hands of the enemy after surrendering or being made slaves and get food.
Vs. 5, “And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians (enemy); and when they came to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. vs. 6, for the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and noise of horses, … the great army so they said to another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings …. to attack us, vs. 7, “Therefore they rose (Syrians) and fled at twilight“, This is the core of the message, The Lord magnified the sound of the feet of these four weak, sick men that they sounded like a mighty army. When something is magnified, it does not change its size or its looks, it just allows the person looking at it to see it bigger than its usual size. Watch this, the four men’s condition did not change, when they chose to move, God allowed someone else to hear them coming as an army because He had magnified them Before an army.
What I’m I saying, there are moves when you make, even when your condition does not change, God will still magnify you in the presence of other people. They will see something unique about you in your circumstance you may not see and speak of. The four men came to the camp and found no enemies only good stuff. What they may have not realized was how God had magnified the sound of their feet to sound more and greater than they were. Don’t always wait until you have it in place to move, it’s in the process of moving that He magnifies you for His glory. James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” Blessings Ev.