Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, Tomorrow 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. 2 Kings 7:1 KJV
It was during a time of intense hunger, the devil approached the Lord Jesus and asked him to use his powers as the son of God to turn nearby lying stones into bread. Jesus turned to him in reply, quoting Moses in Deuteronomy 8 vs. 3, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 KJV Our Lord Jesus aptly declared that which several fathers of faith already know, that what sustains a man on this planet is not necessarily bread and money, but the proceeding word – the word that is going forth from the mouth of God. Hence, Jesus declared to all who cared to listen that if any wants to be sustained in any age, at any time, under any environmental circumstances, such a man should go for and obtain, as a matter of first importance, the proceeding word.
As the siege in Jerusalem wind on with the attendant famine, hunger and pestilence in the land; the king of Israel went to prophet Elisha, albeit not with a good heart, and demanded a word from the Lord concerning their condition. The king knew that a word from heaven, through the mouth of the prophet, was going to go a long way in calming the situation. As far as the king was concerned, the Lord was to be held responsible for the famine in the land. “Behold, this evil is of the LORD”; the king exclaimed, “what should I wait for the LORD any longer?” 2 Kings 6:33 KJV
At that point, Elisha, then issued the proceeding word: “Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, Tomorrow 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.”2 Kings 7:1 KJV
As impossible as it looked, Elisha issued what he heard the Lord say, that in a short while (actually in 24 hours’ time) the situation of Israel will drastically turn around for the better. That word was too drastic and radical. The situation had lingered for so long that the king would have been content with a gradual easing of the hardship in the land. But to give 24 hours for a total, complete reversal of events was considered too radical. The king’s chief of staff complained about the possibility of such ‘prediction’, and the prophet declared that he will see it but will not partake of it.
So, what happened when that word of God went forth from Elisha? I will tell you. Instantly, that very second, God dispersed angelic troops which began to gallop towards the camp of the Arameans in great number and with a great noise in the realm of the spirit. God caused an amplification to occur in the threshold frequency of hearing of the Arameans, and they all, with one accord began to hear the noise of a great march of horses and chariots coming towards their camp with great fury. It would not have been an issue if only one person heard it, but everyone heard it, small and great. So, they concluded that Israel had summoned troops from Hittite and Egypt to come and fight on their behalf. This caused everyone to fear for their lives, and so they left their camps with all their years’ worth store of food and provisions and fled empty-handed for their lives. Thus within a few hours of Elisha speaking forth the word, it was accomplished. Food was made available that could feed all Israel. However, ignorance kept Israel in hunger that same night. It took the stirring of the spirit over 4 lepers to bring God’s word to pass.
What about you? Is there any siege in your life, family, business or ministry currently? It is important for you to realize that every siege can be broken by the proceeding word from God’s mouth. If you will be careful to seek the Lord (more than you seek bread) for His proceeding word; once you obtain it, your life will not remain the same.
Note also that God’s word is quick and powerful. It can accomplish intended results in seconds. All the word looks for are people who will believe and act of the word. God has spoken, and his word is proceeding (present continuous). Whatever he said before is still true today; that is why the scriptures always uses the phrase “thus saith (present continuous) the Lord”. What he said before is what he is still saying today. If anyone can believe and lay hold of the unfailing, unchanging proceeding word, he will also see the hand of the Lord at work in his own life and situation.