Friday, June 25, 2010

God Can Reverse Your Fortunes In A Day (2 Kings 6 - 7)

Text: 2 Kings 6 - 7

Introduction: Under siege by the Arameans, God's people now live in famine. Food they'd normally reject sells at extreme prices (2 Kings 6:25), and they've even resorted to cannibalism (2 Kings 6:26-30). With no means of salvation at hand, despair sets in. No matter how difficult it seems, God can reverse your fortunes in a day:

It happened as the man of God had said to the king: "About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." The officer had said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" The man of God had replied, "You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!" And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died. 
2Kings 7:18-20

Proposition: God can reverse your fortunes in a day.

Have you been laid off from work for a long time? Have you been forced out of a good job, and to accept one that doesn't meet your expenses? Do you seem to be running out of resources, with no end in sight? Have you exhausted every earthly means of help? Have you resorted to drastic measures just to sustain yourself? Does the economy have you in despair? Do you know you're not receiving God's blessings in your life? Turn to Him. He can reverse your fortunes in one day.

Sin brings the wrath and discipline of God (Romans 6:23; Gal. 6:7; Heb. 12). The Israelites were in rebellion, ignoring God and following the ways of the people He drove out before them. He had warned them of these exact consequences (Deuteronomy 28), and used the extreme circumstances of famine to restore them to Himself. 

Not all trials in life come as a result of our sin (John 9:2-4; 2 Peter 1), but when they do, the only hope is to turn to God. Are you a believer? Have you been conforming to the world and following after their gods? Do you know you're under the hand of God's discipline, and that you're not receiving His blessings in your life? Confess your sins (1 John 1:8-9), and start doing what God wants you to do. Christ's atonement gives God a just basis to forgive you, cleanse you from all unrighteousness, and restore you to a place of fellowship and blessing with Him (1 John 2). God does not need a year, a month, or even a week to start reversing your fortunes. He can change them in a day, starting when you turn to Him in confession of your sins.

If you're an unbeliever, God sends you good news. As Elisha informed Samaria the siege would end in a day, so He says to you that Christ has died for your sins and God has raised Him from the dead (2 Cor. 15:1-4)! God fulfilled His word then, and He will fulfill it for you today. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Believe Christ paid the debt of your sins, and rely on His work alone to make you right with God. The kings official did not believe God's word when it came to him, so he was trampled to death instead of receiving God's blessings. Why be trampled by the wrath of God, and die in doubt? Believe in Christ and God will save you from eternal damnation, from the power of your sin nature, from the very presence of your sin nature in glory, and will sustain you with the bread of life (Jesus Christ). What a bountiful provision!

1 comment:

Colleen Foshee said...

Randy, it's a blessing to know God's nature is to give. You're right, He wants us to turn to Him so He CAN give. Sometimes the timing isn't exactly as we'd like, but if we trust Him, He's promised to meet all our needs. 2Co. 9:8. Thanks for reminding us during these trying economic times.

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