Toward the end of 2 Kings 6, we are told about a terrible famine in Samaria. Benhadad, the king of Syria, had surrounded the city of Samaria at the same time.
The people inside the city of Samaria were starving. It was so bad that people were even cooking and eating their children.
When the king of Israel heard that people were even eating their children he became angry at Elisha the prophet. Evidently Elisha had told the king to wait on God to correct the famine and defeat the Syrians. The king sends a servant to kill Elisha. Then the king follows the servant to Elisha’s house.
The king asks Elisha, “Behold, this evil is of the Lord; what should I wait for the Lord any longer?” Elisha tells him that at the same time the next day that there would be plenty of food for everyone (2 Kings 7:1). The king’s right hand man, his most important advisor or soldier and called a lord, laughs at such talk. This lord mocks Elisha by stating, “Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?”
The king’s lord’s statement is a mocking reference to the Flood. The word he uses for windows is the same word used in Genesis 7 for the windows of heaven which were opened by God to rain for the Flood.
This man is saying that God could not give that much food even if he opened the windows of heaven. This man did not believe the promises of God.
Elisha tells the man that indeed he shall see this happen but he will not partake in the blessings. The next day the Syrian army is deceived by God and runs away leaving all their food and belongings. The king places his right hand man at the gate of the city to try to keep the Samarians in orderly fashion to go to the Syrian camp and gather the spoils. The people run over the man and he is killed.
The prophecy of Elisha regarding the man and his statement is given twice more at the end of 2 Kings 7. That makes three times that it is given in the one chapter. We should learn from this that God is emphasizing the importance of believing what He says.
Even when we can’t seem to see the end result as yet, we must believe that God has promised us when we are suffering that He will be there for us, (John 14:27) and our trials will not be too much for us to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13 ). We will have victory in Christ ultimately. God has told us that if we will obey His word that we will live with Him in Heaven. He has also told us that if we do not believe and obey His word that we will live eternally in Hell. I want to live with God in Heaven. I do not want to go to Hell. I am sure you want to go to Heaven as well. Do not be like the king’s lord who mocked by saying, “Might this thing be?” God has shown us through His words how we can obtain this eternal life which He has promised to those who trust and obey.
You must have faith, a faith that trusts God (Hebrews 11:6).
You must repent of your sins (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Christ (Romans 10:9-10), be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38), and continue to follow God for the rest on your life (1 John 1:7).
Do you fully believe in the promise of God? Or are you asking, “Might this thing be?”
Sweet is the Promise
Sweet is the promise, “I will not forget thee,”
Nothing can molest or turn my soul away,
E’en tho’ the night be dark within the valley,
Just beyond is shining an eternal day.
Trusting the promise, “I will not forget thee,”
Onward will I go with songs of joy and love;
Tho’ earth despise me, tho’ my friends forsake me,
I shall be remembered in my home above.
When at the golden portals I am standing,
All my tribulations all my sorrows past,
How sweet to hear the blessed proclamation,
“Enter, faithful servant, welcome home at last”
“I will not forget thee or leave thee;
In My hands I’ll hold thee,
in My arms I’ll fold thee;
I will not forget thee or leave thee;
I am thy Redeemer, I will care for thee.