When God speaks and acts, things can change faster than you can imagine!
In II Kings 6, the Northern Kingdom of Israel’s capital city, Samaria, had been under seige, and they were starving. Chapter 6 verse 25 recorded that “a donkey’s head was sold for 80 shekels of silver, and a fourth of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels”.
But in Chapter 7, the prophet Elisha declared that God would bring immediate relief to the people. He said in Verse 1: “Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel”.
This would be an amazingly quick turnaround. You almost feel sorry for the official in :2, who doubted Elisha’s word and as a result did not live to see it — for who could have believed it?
But it is a good reminder that with God, everything can indeed change in a moment:
— what seems like an overwhelming need can instantly be provided
— circumstances can providentially be reversed
— a heart can suddenly be changed
— death can turn miraculously to life
This passage can encourage us today: if your circumstances seem very difficult, remember that with God in the equation, things can turn around for you just as quickly as they did for Samaria in II Kings 7!