Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Feasting in a Famine
“Finally, they said to each other, ‘This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.’” (2 Kings 7:9 nlt)
In 2 Kings we find the story of four men with leprosy who stumbled upon a feast in the middle of a famine. The Arameans had laid siege to Israel, and everyone in the city was starving to death.
Leprosy back then was essentially a death sentence. So these four guys said, “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway” (2 Kings 7:4 nlt).
But when they arrived at the Aramean camp, they were shocked to find it was empty. At some point the Arameans heard a loud noise that sounded like an approaching army. So they ran for the hills, thinking they were under attack.
Meanwhile, their tents were set up with tables of food as far as the eye could see. As the four men devoured the food, they started to feel guilty. They said, “This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone!” (2 Kings 7:9 nlt) So they went back to the city and told the others, and everyone was able to eat.
That can be us as believers. We feast on God’s Word and reflect on its great truths, but does it ever occur to us to share our faith with someone outside the church walls?
You may not be into evangelism, but are you into recommendations? Most of us talk to people about a great restaurant or a great movie. So can’t we recommend that someone believes in Jesus?
The greatest way to show your love for someone is to tell them about Jesus Christ.
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