And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, ‘Why sit we here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter into the city’, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.’ 2 Kings 7:3-4 KJV

…..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……

Sometimes, the difference in time between the proceeding word and its actual manifestation in the life of the recipient lies not in the slowness of God’s word to be fulfilled, but in the inability of the recipient to recognize the motions of the Spirit being orchestrated to bring God’s word to pass. That is why spiritual sensitivity cannot be overemphasized in the life of any believer. The much activity of each believer with God’s word is supposed to bring such a believer into alignment with the motions of the Spirit of God. The goal is to bring each man to the point where, like the wheels in Ezekiel’s visions of the glory of God which moved wherever the beasts moved, each believer in Christ Jesus will be able to follow the motions of the Spirit.

Has not the Holy Book thus declared, “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: They shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.” Psalm 89:15 KJV

It’s not all that difficult. It is not about hearing voices. It is not a ‘hearing’, as much as it is a ‘knowing’. We call it intuition or perception, but it is not really just that. It is not accidental; rather it is a product of knowledge in the subconscious coupled with the quiet whispers of the Spirit in the hearts of men.

Certain lepers of Jerusalem, about 4 of them sat together holding a conference. Life has been hard for them as there were hardly people who were willing to give them any alms. People struggled to survive; so, to seek to feed a poor man was out of the bargain. Their fate was already ill and there was nothing they could do about their situation… or so they thought. Then a brilliant thought flashed through their mind; “why will we just sit here and die? Let us at least do something”. They began to debate it amongst themselves. What is awaiting them anyway is certain death. If they sat back where they were, they will surely die. If they go into the city where others are, they will surely die. The only ‘best’ option was to get to the camp of the enemy outside the gates- at least two possibilities are there – death or help. The funny thing was that they thought they were just thinking, not realizing that it was the motion of the Spirit arousing them for the fulfilment of the proceeding word.

Every word God had spoken must surely come to pass. However, there is always this role which man must play in the fulfilment of divine prophecy; and we can only pray for spiritual sensitivity so that we can be alert to the stirring of the Spirit.

These 4 lepers suddenly became restless; suddenly they stopped giving themselves the excuses they had been giving themselves for a long time since they sat there. It dawned on them that they could do something about their condition. They discovered that they could beat death and hunger at its game; all they needed was a little courage, and so they arose to do what they must do.

Why did God use the 4 lepers? Because they were the ones who could respond fast to the Spirit’s motion. They were at their lowest point, and so had nothing much to lose. Thus, they were to go wherever the Spirit leads them. Do not belittle the days of your small beginnings, neither look down on yourself during the times you appear to be down. It has been well noted that since those who are down needs fear no fall, they are the ones most likely to dare to do that which other who are well-placed may consider too risky or too daring.

The lepers were quite decisive. They were not procrastinators like most of us today. They decided to go, and they arose and went immediately. It was on getting there that they discovered that the camp of the enemy had been sacked, with all manners of foodstuffs left behind. At first, they began to stuff all manners of food and properties for themselves (just like what any of us would have done), until their consciences began to smote them. “Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, “We went into the Aramean camp and no one was there—not a sound of anyone—only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.” 2 Kings 7:9-10 NIV

At first their good news was received with doubt. They king had to disperse a suicide squad of three soldiers to go and check out the real state of things. As far as the king was concerned, it was all a set up. The suicide squad went and retuned declaring indeed that the enemies had fled over the night, leaving a year’s worth of food and supplies behind. That was it! By the next day, food and supplies became so cheap as Elisha the Prophet had predicted. God’s word came to pass, not just because Elisha spoke it, but also because 4 lepers obeyed the promptings of the Spirit and moved to the enemy’s camp.

What about you? Is there a word God gave you which have not yet come to pass? Are you certain that the time for the manifestation of that word has not come, or could it be that the word is delayed because you are simply not obeying the promptings of the Spirit? We must not love our lives so much as to shrink from death. We must learn to be dissatisfied with our present state, if it is not where God wants us to be so that we can rise up and obey the Spirit’s promptings. Do not just sit there till you die! Arise and make your life count. Start that business, write that book, meet that man. Whatever it is that the Spirit is leading you to do, just do it! After all, the worst thing that will happen is that you will die…. And any ways, you will still die if you sit in your comfort zone and do nothing. A word is enough for the wise.

Joshua Obodozie resides in Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa. He is a believer in Christ Jesus and in the authority of the Bible as the inerrant word of God. He is the chief editor of THE CHRISTIAN IN SOCIETY (www.thechristianinsociety.org) an online blog that reaches thousands of Nigerians and Africans with the word of God. He is also a Materials Engineer by profession.

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