The king is angry with God and thus with Elisha. He blames them for the siege and the famine. God could magic the enemy away or arrange things so that they left. God hadn’t done this. Have you ever been angry with God because He hasn’t done what you thought He should to relieve suffering?
“And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, …”
Famine is a terrible curse. We read in this passage the decisions people made while going through a famine, even to the point of eating their own children.
How angry the king gets with God, and with his prophet Elisha.
We so often want a magic solution, we want things to be just the way we think they should be.
But our God has His higher purposes, His sovereign and eternal perspective.
Within a day the famine was removed and replaced with feasting.
Praise God that He has removed from us the most terrible curse of sin through Jesus. Give thanks that we look forward to feasting with Him in glory!
* Lord God Above,
Please forgive us when we grow angry at Your will for us and those around us.
Please forgive us when we seek to solve our problems by our own strength.
Please forgive us when we doubt Your goodness and Your power.
Lord please show us Jesus today!