They Have to Want It!

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I heard sage knowledge/advice: “They have to want it more than you want it for them.” This pertains in many situations and especially in that particular (undisclosed) conversation premise that I was in.

I thought  Hmmmm… this ALSO refers to faith. To us. To others.  

The only time this does not pertain is when and the other person is Jesus. Because in truth Jesus wants things for you much much more than you want them for yourself. 

Want, need, emergency or perception? We do know that people are impacted by needs. We certainly are. We also see God has gotten us safe thus far!!!

This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.

There’s a BIZARRE story (2nd Kings 6-7) in Prophet Elisha’s time, for the emergency needs in Samaria, besieged by the Arameans. The famine was so bad the people were eating each other, EWWW! The prices skyrocketed. The king of Israel blamed God, the God of Prophet Elisha, and went to kill him. Elisha knew of their plans as God revealed such. God also revealed a reprise to Elisha, that on the following day, food would cost pennies in comparison. Elisha didn’t say how, but to a soldier scoffing he avowed that both it was true and however, that soldier would not eat of it.

This DID happen, but from a whole other scenario that God made happen. He scared the army of Arameans with noises and they abandoned camp. At the same time, four lepers, who figured they had nothing to lose anyway, decided to go towards that area and wow, the enemy camp was empty of people but full of food. They ate and felt guilty about keeping this secret to themselves, so they got word to the king of Israel and he doubted (feared an ambush) but he investigated. Was true, so much food and no ambush or siege. The mocking soldier from the day before was sent to investigate, however he was trampled to death by the hungry crowds. Like Elisha said in prophesy, he did not eat. 

Wow… prophecy fulfilled in multi-layer multi-player style only God could orchestrate. We see solutions come from left field sometimes, don’t we. How did God do that? We need to say how we saw God work things out in our lives. We need to believe more than disbelieve. We need to hunger for His answers first,  food second. We need to know He works things out. This rescue was biggest impact and biggest news.

We have many prayers for our non-Christian friends, even scoffers like the soldier, hoping they believe, but they REALLY have to want to believe by themselves. And it’s the Spirit rising within them that makes all the difference. We fan the flames and yet they have to ask for the fire within themselves to open up so it gets needed air, they have to accept the feeding of Jesus’s fire fueled within themselves and ask Him to keep them running in His Path… there’s an even bigger rescue and bigger impact coming, let’s pray the mockers wake up and smell the faith. 

This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.

Instead of scoffing, they have to want it. More than we want it for them, they have to want faith to believe. More than God? No. God loved us before we love Him. God sets understanding all eternity within us, but we can’t understand until He explains, shows, leads… When Jesus returns, He and we will feast at the Heavenly banquet – certainly those who do not believe will not eat. Even the lepers and outcasts will eat because they believed, but those scoffers will die forever and not.

They have to want it. God wants them to want it too. God wants this EVEN MORE.

Let us ask God to help share news of His Banquet. He will. We must keep spreading the Good News while God is spreading the tablecloth and making room at the table for each of us. 

Lead on Lord.

Amen 

The story:

Famine in Besieged Samaria

Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels.

As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!”

The king replied, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”

She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”

When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth on his body. He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!”

Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Don’t you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?” While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him.

The king said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”

“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”

The Siege Lifted

Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”

At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.

Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”

So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.” The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace. The king got up in the night and said to his officers, “I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving; so they have left the camp to hide in the countryside, thinking, ‘They will surely come out, and then we will take them alive and get into the city.’”

One of his officers answered, “Have some men take five of the horses that are left in the city. Their plight will be like that of all the Israelites left here—yes, they will only be like all these Israelites who are doomed. So let us send them to find out what happened.”

So they selected two chariots with their horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army. He commanded the drivers, “Go and find out what has happened.” They followed them as far as the Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn with the clothing and equipment the Arameans had thrown away in their headlong flight. So the messengers returned and reported to the king. Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the Lord had said.

Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. It happened as the man of God had said to the king: “About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest 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.

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