Saturday, April 9, 2016

2 Kings 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Kings 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter directly follows from the previous one, where we saw a massive famine in this area called Samaria. The prophet Elisha tells this military officer that the next day food will be available, for cheap, but he won't be able to enjoy it (verses 1-2).
  • The Arameans (verse 4 and following) were an enemy nation who were surrounding Samaria, poised to attack.
  • God supernaturally leads the Arameans to believe they are about to be attacked, so they flee, leaving everything behind (verse 5-7).
  • In verses 16-20 Elisha's prediction comes true.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  •     Let's use the lepers in the story as role models for us:
    • We see Samaria in a famine and under siege from the Arameans and all the people did ... nothing. Only the four leper decide to try something. Too often people get paralyzed by bad circumstances and do nothing. But, after praying and seeking wisdom, it's almost always better to do something than nothing.
    • The lepers come across the deserted camp with all its food. They are starving and so, for awhile, enjoy the chance to eat. But soon they realize that it would be wrong to be selfish with the abundance without sharing it with others. Too often people become Christians and, after starving spiritually, enjoy the abundance of knowing God personally. But it is imperative that we not be selfish with our knowledge of and relationship with God. Other people are starving spiritually and we must share God with them.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What situation do you currently feel stuck in, and you just need to do something? Make a list of some options of what you could do that might make the situation better. Include options that might make you uncomfortable. Review your options. Ask a wise person for advice. Then act on one of your options. Do something.
  • Who are you currently sharing God with? Do you have a few people who don't have a personal relationship with God, with whom you are investing relationally? If not, who can you start to do that with? If so, how can you take a next step? Could you look for an opportunity to share your faith with them (in a non-offensive way)? Could you invite them to come to Verve with you? Do something.