By Henry Adelegan
Following the besiegement of Samaria and the concomitant effect on the economy of Israel, things were so bad as price increases were out of control and the concept of inflation became meaningless. Things were economically so bad that an ass’ head was sold for 80 shekels of silver which would be $52 and a quarter of a cab of dove’s dung was sold for 5 shekels of silver which would be about $ 1. Cannibalism became a feeding option and the King of Israel was not only helpless but was hopeless concerning the future of Israel.
Suddenly, God, who dictated what happened yesterday, who is in charge of happenings today and will determine what He wants to happen tomorrow (Heb. 13:8), intervened and sent Elisha to go and inform the King of Israel that, against every economic indices, tomorrow shall be the beginning of things that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard and things that are yet to come to human imagination (1Corinthians 2:9). He said that tomorrow, the land’s economy shall be taken away from man and the economic portfolio of the land taken over by God, and that within 24 hours, scarcity shall disappear for advent of prosperity, sicknesses shall be a thing of the past as divine health shall step in, roads that had hitherto been closed shall open of their own accord, help from above shall be available where support from abroad had been abated, sadness shall surrender to joy, the unmarried shall heave a sigh of relief for they shall locate the bone of their bones, marital problems shall die and barrenness of whatever sort shall give way to fruitfulness etc.
This new beginning promised by God in Isaiah 43:18-19 that “I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” led into a debate between the King of Israel’s Personal Adviser, maybe a Prime Minister or his Minister of Finance and the servant of the King of Kings on what bordered on economic principles and what the One who directs life economies without a recourse to economic principles can do within 24hours. The learned man, who was adept in the things of the world carried out an empirical analysis of the political, social cum economic situation of the country, viewed and reviewed the prevailing indices juxtaposed them with global best practices and declared that it was an impossible stunt. He concluded sarcastically that such a feat was even beyond the capacity of the Unlimited God to perform. For doubting what God can do, the man of God replied him thus; “….thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof” (2 Kings 7:2 cf 1 Corinthians 1:20)
The Almighty God, the God who has all powers, went into action, turned the unimpressionable ambulation of four lepers into deafening noises of chariots, horses and a great host in the hearings of the Syrian army. They consequently ran for their lives leaving behind food, clothing and other utilities thinking that the king of Israel had hired the kings of the Hittites and Egyptians to fight against the Syrian army. By the time the lepers got to where the soldiers were, they didn’t meet anyone but food. On God’s promised morrow, all He said through His servant that ” two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria” came to pass. Besides that, the man who countered God’s word was trodden upon in the gate and he died.
Doubting God’s supremacy over human knowledge and political permutations has been from time immemorial. When Paul alongside other prisoners were being taken in a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy, using spiritual binoculars he said to them, “Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives” but hence this was contrary to the postulations of the professionals, the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul. At last, the words spoken by Paul, through leading of the Holy Spirit prevailed over the professional counsel and they had no option but to surrender to the leadership and direction of Paul the Apostle after they had suffered unimaginable losses (Acts 27:1-36).
The Unlimited God has ability to turn the challenges of today to a glorious tomorrow. With Him, a cock that isn’t clinically dead still has hope to eat corn tomorrow. In fact, even a dead cock can be brought to life by the Resurrection and the life who raised the dead Lazarus back to life (John 11:25-44; Job 14:7-9). God can make a nobody of today into somebody for tomorrow. It is possible in Him to sleep as a miserable person and wake up the following morning with a change of story. As He lives, this shall be your testimony during this lenten season. All that you have hope of ever acquiring shall locate you in the name of Jesus.
Are you experiencing storms in your home, family, finances or health today, it is not over as in Christ, there is a better tomorrow. Don’t lose hope concerning the things you are seeing and experiencing today because “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Tomorrow is coming and it shall be the dawn of a new beginning – a beginning of peace, an advent of pervasive security, the baseline of economic revival, the kickoff of celebrations unlimited and the morning of unity of purpose, peace, joy and tranquility in the name of Jesus.
To experience this power of a new tomorrow in your life, family and work, you need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the power of God and the author of creation, like Apostle Paul. You must be dead to yourself and be ready to say that “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 cf 1 Corinthians 1:24; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:3). Secondly, you must allow the Holy Spirit take over the leadership of your life, ask Him to lead you and you follow His directives (Ephesians 1:19-22). You must also have faith in Him and His ability to do all things (Hebrews11:6; Philippians 4:13) and lastly, you must be ready to stand by His word, which is the truth (Hebrews 4:12), you must hold on to His promises no matter what (John 2:5) and confess what is written as against what you are seeing today for a glorious tomorrow, which is going to be the beginning of new things.
Prayer: Oh Lord, use what make you the Almighty to give me a better tomorrow in the name of Jesus.