We tend to over cater and err hugely on the side of caution when it comes to food. We would rather buy enough food to feed fifty guests at our next dinner party of eight, than risk running out or looking mean. And what about best before dates? How much good food is thrown away because we dare not question the date on the label? Elisha seems to have a good sense of perspective. He knew that people are prone to be greedy and want only the very best. But he also knew that we only need enough, and, although we seek the finest things, we can be sustained by the most modest diet. Yesterday we looked at the widow and her free flowing flask of olive oil. Today we see poisonous (or perhaps just unappealing) food made good, and a hundred people fed from a relatively modest amount and leftovers too. These miracles are exactly that. They are miracles, but they are miracles that we can hope for and even experience ourselves. This very day, I have experienced miracles like these in the passage below.
2 Kings 4:38-44 NLT
Elisha now returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. One day as the group of prophets was seated before him, he said to his servant, “Put a large pot on the fire, and make some stew for the rest of the group.” One of the young men went out into the field to gather herbs and came back with a pocketful of wild gourds. He shredded them and put them into the pot without realising they were poisonous. Some of the stew was served to the men. But after they had eaten a bite or two they cried out, “Man of God, there’s poison in this stew!” So they would not eat it. Elisha said, “Bring me some flour.” Then he threw it into the pot and said, “Now it’s all right; go ahead and eat.” And then it did not harm them. One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat.” “What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed a hundred people with only this?” But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the Lord says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!” And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.
My goal is to pray that all who are reading along with me might be encouraged that God, and all his miracles, can make a difference in the way we experience life. With just the smallest amount of faith, you can experience the abundance that The Lord wants to share with you. The Lord has said, “Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over! I know this is true, because despite every obstacle and every set back, my needs have been more than met. There has been an overflow. I find I am richly provided for even in this time of great change and uncertainty.
2 Kings 4:18-5:27, Acts 15:1-35, Psalms 141:1-10, Proverbs 17:23