2 Kings 7:3-8 NKJV Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? “If we say, 'We will enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the LORD had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.
Get your “fight” on! Listen to these leprous men, what they said to each other and how they viewed their situation. They had leprosy; they couldn't be around people; they were considered unclean, outcasts of society, left to fiend for themselves and ultimately to die in their disease. And yet, they looked at their situation and refused to give up, to give in or to quit! They assessed where they were and decided to make a change, even if it ended in the loss of their lives, they didn't see that they would be any worse off than if they sat right there in their own misery and died.
How many times have you wondered what you should do in your situation? Have you felt that it was hopeless and no way out? As we see from this story of the lepers, God was at work in their situation. He didn't consider them hopeless or their situation as being impossible. He was at work even while they were sitting there trying to make a decision as to what to do. But they didn't see Him at work until they got up and made a move. There is an old saying that says, “It's impossible to steer a parked car”; and it is, really. Have you ever tried to turn the steering wheel of a parked car? It is locked in place; not about to move in either direction. Sometimes we plant our feet where we are and declare that because we don't see what God is doing in our lives, we're not about to make a move. But faith looks out into the future with expectation, knowing that God is for us and has a good plan for our future. Faith moves!
Let's look at another instance in the life of someone with a seemingly “impossible situation”.
2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. “And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
In this story a widow woman faced an impossible situation. Her sons were getting ready to be taken by the creditors to work off the debt of her husband. The woman sought advice from the man of God. The first thing he said to her was not, “oh, my, what a tragedy”! It wasn't “there's nothing you can do ; you'll just have to let your sons go”. No, God always has a solution to your problem. He always has an answer for you and He will always direct you to the Source that you need for your provision. In this case, the man of God, the one that she turned to that could give her insight from the Lord, asked her what she had in her own house that she could sell. Sometimes the solution to our problem is right under our own noses. It's right in our own house. Sometimes it means we have to look within to find what God wants us to do to solve our problem. Her solution meant she would have to shut the door on unbelief and trust God to pour out the oil through her own hands. In this story “house” is the Hebrew word “bayit” and it means, house, household, family, clan, temple, building, home. This lady's provision was to come out of her own home, or within her temple. For a believer in Christ Jesus, the temple of God is within us and it is where the Holy Spirit dwells. The anointing to succeed lies within us. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that God is the one who gives you “power” to get wealth that He may establish or confirm His covenant with us. That word for “power” means strength, substance or ability. God wants you to succeed! Faith dispels the fear and opens the door to the anointing of God in your life!
Now, let's look at one last story of a woman caught in a seemingly impossible situation.
1 Kings 17:8-16 NKJV Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying. “Arise, go to Zerephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zerephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. “For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
Another miraculous provision in a situation where it seemed that all hope was lost. This widow woman had exhausted all of her funds. She had nothing left to give or to make for her and her son to sustain their lives. She was at the end of herself! Why would God tell Elijah to go to this widow woman for his provision when she didn't have any means to provide for her and her own son, much less anyone else? Aw, but God loves to take impossible situations and make them possible!
The Hebrew word for widow means desolate, barren, forsaken; someone everyone has given up on. And the word “provide” means to maintain, nourish, provide food, bear, hold up, protect, support, defend; to supply the means necessary for living.
Have you ever felt desolate, barren and forsaken and like everyone had given up on you? Well, mankind may see you of no use, but God sees you as worthy of redemption; worthy of giving His best for you. He sees you with potential; a person of value with a reason to live. This woman was ready to eat her last meal and die. And yet God saw His ability within her and sent His servant to her for provision. Zerephath means the place of refining, the place of purging and purifying. Sometimes in our desolate situations we feel like we are being pruned back to where there is nothing of ourselves left. But God works best when we get to that place of brokenness. That's the place of the anointing. Oil in the Old Testament is a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit; the anointing of God upon a person's life. Both of the last two stories have talked about the oil; the anointing of God's Spirit in the lives of ordinary people. God's got your back! He's waiting to show Himself strong on your behalf. There is nothing to fear because God is always at work. He never sleeps nor slumbers, but is always ready to bring deliverance, healing, hope and forgiveness. This lady was asked to give the first of what she had left to the man of God. She was asked to give out of her poverty. When we give to Him we can be assured that He will take that little bit and bless it, break it, multiply it and give it back to us! You can never out give the Lord! Faith gives!
Time and time again we see recorded in God's Word stories of the impossible being made possible through the power of God. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that the “eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him....” Is your heart loyal to the Lord? Are you totally committed to Him? If so, you can be assured that God is watching out for you. He is working on your deliverance! He is moving to bring you out of bondage so He can bring you into your promised land.
My friend, don't give up on God. Don't quit seeking His will for your life and don't be afraid to step out in faith to meet Him in the place of provision that He has for you. Get your “fight” on! Get angry at the enemy who has come to steal from you! Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Life presents many challenges but God says that nothing can separate you from His presence and that He has made you more than a conqueror through His love.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
There is nothing that can come against you that God has not already faced and conquered! He is for you! You are on the winning team!
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
He has made provision for your every need because He gave His very best for you. He is not withholding anything from you.
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Friends, get your “fight” on! God has already made you more than a conqueror in all of life's situations. Partnered with God you cannot fail! Now, get up and fight!
Father, I thank You for Your supernatural provision in the lives of myself, my family and my friends! You have never failed to bring provision when I needed it, right on time, and I thank You for being my Provider. Father, I pray that those who are struggling today with a life challenge, that You will show Yourself strong on their behalf and reveal to them the supernatural provision that You have prepared for them. Give them hope, Father, and faith to rise above the fear that tries to assail them. Father, grant them strength to fight the enemy and win. Give them insight and wisdom and understanding to know how to handle each situation that arises. Father, give them the victory! Thank You, Lord, for making them more than conquerors against all of life's challenges through Your love. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.