Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday February 12, 2021


Text: “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.” – 2 Kings 7:1, 2.

Comment:  There was great hunger in the land of Samaria because they had been besieged by the Syrians. Elisha openly declared that within 24 hours there would be abundant food in the land. Thinking that such a feat was impossible, a lord on whose hand the king leaned openly doubted Elisha and undermined the words of God spoken by him.

For his faithlessness and impudence in challenging the man of God, he was told: “Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.”  The word of the Lord fulfilled in that the Syrian army heard a noise like that of an approaching army and fled, abandoning their victuals. But while the faithless lord was trying to keep order “the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as Elisha had said” – 2 Kings 7:17-20.

Scripture says: “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper”. – 2 Chronicles 20:20.