The Lord
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2 Kings 6:24–7:2 ‘Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says…’ (7:1)

Although God’s people enjoyed times of peace throughout the ministry of Elisha, their disobedience brought forth God’s displeasure.

No longer did He hold back Israel’s opponents, but allowed the siege of Samaria. Things got so bad with the ensuing famine that unclean meat – that of a donkey – sold for a lot of silver.

And even worse, two mothers resorted to cannibalism of their own children. That the mother queried the king on the legal matter regarding the other mother who wouldn’t kill her son for them to eat, rather than feeling remorse about this horrific situation, shows how dire everything had become.

The king, already wearing sackcloth under his robes, despaired. But he didn’t turn to God and repent. Instead, he blamed Elisha for the problems they faced and decided to kill him.

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Yet God again protected Elisha from death, and He again showed mercy to His people and ended the famine. But He longed for them to stay true to Him and not lust after other gods.

Through difficult and horrific times, we can choose either to go to God for help and comfort or we can choose to turn away from Him.

The king turned away – and perished – but Elisha remained true to God. As you ponder this story, consider what you can take from it.

Admittedly, it can be excruciating to read as we ponder the plight of parents so desperate as to eat their own children. In your own life, consider whether in times of pain you turned towards or away from God.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Lord God, when we enter the valley of difficulty, keep us focused on Your goodness and faithfulness. Help us to reach out to others and draw them to You. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Pray for those living in war-torn areas who are experiencing displacement, poverty and hunger.

Scripture To Consider:
Ps. 145:8–9; Mic. 7:18–20; 1 Tim. 2:3–4; 2 Pet. 3:8–10

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.