Double Portion – #26
Sometimes people need to get lost before they can be saved. Elisha decides to show the Arameans just how lost they really are. Read 2 Kings 6:18-23.
When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Strike this people with blindness, I pray.” So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he brought them to Samaria. When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord , open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. Then the king of Israel when he saw them, said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” He answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them; and when they had eaten and drunk he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel.
2 Kings 6:18-23 NASB
Sometimes the best thing that can happen to people is that they start to realize just how lost they are. You see these people were chasing Elisha, but they didn’t realize that Elisha wasn’t their problem. The lack of relationship with the true God was their problem. So Elisha used this as an opportunity to impact then and help them to see just who God is and what he can do. When these men were blind, they found themselves being led by the very man they were chasing and they didn’t even know it.
God can often do the same to us to get our attention. We need to be focused on Him, but if we aren’t, he will do what he needs to do to get us focused on him.
Are we putting our focus on God first, or is He going to need to get our attention?