LONGING FOR MORE IN GOD THROUGH SURRENDER

Apr 25, 2023

As we continue with this journey of faith, I pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire within your heart a deeper thirst and longing that cannot be quenched because there is more to this Christian experience than what we have been told, read and encountered.

Proverbs 16:26(NIV) The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.

When you see the demand of life in the church of Christ, then you can’t afford to think you have arrived. The premature contentment and satisfaction that the body of Christ has entered into is a recipe for disaster.

2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels of silver.

2 Kings 7:3-4 [3] Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? [4] If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.”

The leprous men had been cast out of the city and they used to throw for them food at the entrance of the gate but a time came when the city experienced famine and nobody could throw for them food to eat; there was no difference between someone in and outside the city.

Things were so bad that people started eating their children to survive; they were God’s people but they fell so low because of hunger.

2 Kings 6:26-29 [26] Then, as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” [27] And he said, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I find help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?”…

2 Kings 6:28-29 [28] Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you?” And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ [29] So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”

Even the king at that moment was helpless: imagine, the king presiding over a nation he can not help. That is sometimes the condition of the church of Jesus Christ; can we meet the needs of people who walk into a church or are we just dying with titles and reputations and yet the lives of people are going down?

It has nothing to do with a pastor or prophet but it has everything to do with a believer: we can no longer pretend but rather accept that we have lost it, put aside our crowns and humble ourselves and cry out to the Master.

There is no need for us to be proud yet citizens are eating up their children. The time has come for us to admit that we need help and let our prayers come from a place of genuine hunger and desperation for divine intervention not only in our lives but also in our families and nation; we must see beyond our personal needs.

2 Kings 6:30-31 [30] Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body. [31] Then he said, “God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today!”

The King was putting on sackcloth beneath the kingly wear. He had been mourning in secret but when the woman showed up, he tore his clothes openly showing his desperation and then sent a word to Elisha.

Read 2 Kings 7, the word from heaven didn’t come until the king showed desperation and within twenty-four hours, the word came to pass even beyond what was expected (there was food).

Can you be honest with yourself? Are you just a city with a name but there is nothing within you that reflects what a city should be? We must break out and advance in our seeking until our families and nations know and say, “Jesus is Lord”.

Further Study

 Joshua 24:15: We shall have failed miserably if we as husbands, wives, businessmen etc can not reveal Jesus to our generation, families and nations.

2 Corinthians 3:18: Transformation is a result of what you behold. What do you see? May the Lord remove the veils in our hearts and may His word stir up our spirits if we are already contented such that our prayers will stop being ritualistic but become the heartbeats of our souls.

Remember, Jesus is the answer not me or you and if people can’t see Jesus, we have failed. The reason we are here is to make Him famous.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.