The God Who Cares (Part 6: Four Leprous Men)

Today we conclude our series on "The God Who Cares." I want to offer some guidance on how to receive God's care...or how to personalize God's care. What better story to use to give practical application to God's care than this story in II Kings 6 and 7?

 

Text: II Kings 7:3-12 NLT

Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

So at twilight they set out for the camp of the Arameans. But when they came to the edge of the camp, no one was there! For the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army approaching. “The king of Israel has hired the Hittites and Egyptians to attack us!” they cried to one another. So they panicked and ran into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else, as they fled for their lives.

When the lepers arrived at the edge of the camp, they went into one tent after another, eating and drinking wine; and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and hid it. Finally, they said to each other, “This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.”

10 So they went back to the city and told the gatekeepers what had happened. “We went out to the Aramean camp,” they said, “and no one was there! The horses and donkeys were tethered and the tents were all in order, but there wasn’t a single person around!” 11 Then the gatekeepers shouted the news to the people in the palace.

12 The king got out of bed in the middle of the night and told his officers, “I know what has happened. The Arameans know we are starving, so they have left their camp and have hidden in the fields. They are expecting us to leave the city, and then they will take us alive and capture the city.”

 

God cares for us. He always has, always will. He is always reaching out to us. But here is a key point: we have to take an active role in the application of God's provisions.

First, you and I have to accept, receive, and walk in His care and provisions. If you want to walk in the blessing of God - if you want to apply and appropriate the favor of God - you've got some decisions to make:

1. Decide to live by faith. (See Hebrews 11:9; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:24 and Matthew 19:26)

2. You have to take some risks.

3. Do the next right thing.

  • It is imperative that we make some changes if we are to have God's best for us.
  • To be very practical: If you want to be healthy, make some changes. Say "no" to the Twinkies. If you want a change in your finances, don't charge Christmas this year. If you want to advance in your job, become the best worker on the job.

4. Develop a giving heart. (See key text, verse 8 and 9)

  • Find someone to help. Give some time. Some of your talent. Some of your blessing to others.
  • In your giving, you will open up the channel to be a blessing and to receive God's very best.