I Am Not Dead Yet, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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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?”

There was such a great famine in the land of Samaria that everything was valued and expensive. The bible says that even the dung of a dove was considered precious and rare commodity highly priced. This alone gives me a picture that there was such a great famine in this land. Knowing the situation in Samaria, let’s look at four men again in vs. 3 who we are not even given their names. These were men we would consider less fortunate in the society for no. 1 they were lepers. Anyone who had leprosy in the olden times was cast out of the city. They lived in caves, mountains or right out of the city. The lepers were always required to chant “unclean, unclean”. Situation number one looked severe then topped with situation number 2. Which is as lethal as number one and that is famine. Sick and no food, How much can a man take?

They were aware of their situation as outcasts and they knew sooner or later one of these situations would kill them first, sickness or starvation or both. I love how they reasoned with themselves, vs. 3&4″…and they said one to another, why sit here until we die? if we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also”. I thank God that in some tough times He still allows us to think and reason. Though we may feel handicapped in some areas, we are reminded that there are things deposited in us that are alive and functioning. I do not want to throw everything out of the window simply because there is part me that is not functioning like it should. I may be struggling in some areas and that could be my leprosy, and I might be going without the spiritual food for some unknown reason. One thing I know, that I am not dead yet so devil don’t bring me no casket for burial, God is showing me the part my life that is still living and He is giving me grace to activate them. The other part of me is a means to bring life to the rest of my being. I see many beat themselves because what was working for them at one point stopped. I believe there are TANKS God reserved for a time like this. You might have not known that you had a filled tank and just when you thought you had exhausted everything and left hopeless, He comes to open this tank He put in reserve. This is the time you see that you could do more with less. The four lepers lost friends, food, health, family but thank God they did not lose their senses, the ability to reason. I believe God reserved this tank of reasoning for a time like this and it was a matter of time before He would pop it up for their use. Yes they were limited but that did not stop them from thinking of the next move, it was a risky move, still they put everything on the line for whatever happens.

Four feeble men decided to march to the enemies’ camp in vs. 5, “And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians”. They had no weapons, they were sick but still pushed themselves as they marched to the enemies camp. I know that there are times when God requires us to do the ridiculous things that He may show Himself as God in tough situations. There are things He will not accomplish until we respond to the move. It is until we demonstrate how badly we want it that we do something about it (pray, fast, seek, knock, ask).

There are times when I feel that I have lost so much to function effectively, but those are the times I am reminded that I am not dead yet, God put a tank on reserve for a time like this, therefore I will rise up again, take a step of faith and move as I say, “Be glorified in me”. Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing….”. Blessings Ev

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