MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 "Why are we sitting here until we die?" 2Ki 7:3 NKJV The armies of Syria had besieged Samaria and the people were dying of starvation. Four lepers, whose disease forced them to live outside the city walls, had gotten used to living on scraps of bread people threw over the wall each day. But now no more scraps were coming their way. They said to themselves: "Why are we sitting here until we die?" So they took action: "They rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians...to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused...the Syrians to hear...the noise of a great army...Therefore they arose and fled...and left...their tents, their horses, and their donkeys...these lepers...went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing...Then they said to one another, 'We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent...let us go and tell the king's household'" (2Ki 7:5-9 NKJV). This story teaches us three important truths: (1) Crisis becomes your friend, when it moves you to take action. Only when you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, will things begin to change for the better. (2) Once you take a step of faith, God will move on your behalf. The only thing that can limit Him is your doubt, your stubbornness, and your complacency. His Word says, "The Lord waits that he may be gracious unto you" (See Isa 30:18). (3) When God blesses you, you can't keep it to yourself. Others need what God has given you, and you must get it to them-on time.
Published on Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 6:52 AM CDT