Put Your Faith to Work (2)
The Syrian army had surrounded the city of Samaria and its population was dying of starvation. Having lived off scraps of bread that folks threw over the wall each day, four lepers quickly realised that they were in trouble. They said, ‘Why sit here until we die?’ (2 Kings 7:3 TLB) So they went into the city, only to discover God had worked a miracle, causing the Syrians to flee in terror, leaving behind them food, water and riches. What do we learn from these four lepers? When you put your faith into action, God will go to work on your behalf. But you have to rise up and say, ‘If I’m going to die, I’m going to do it reaching for something, building something, going after something.’ When it feels like you are down for the count of ten, you have to rise up and say, ‘I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.’ (Psalm 118:17 NKJV) That kind of faith gets God’s attention every time.
When you get desperate enough you won’t care who God uses, you’ll be willing to receive any help He sends your way. Naaman, a five-star general in the Syrian army, had leprosy. He was eventually desperate enough to humble himself and listen to a girl who washed dishes and made beds in his house. (That’s because she had an answer from God!) He was even willing to dip seven times in the dirtiest river around, in order to come up clean. (2 Kings 5:1–19) Faith says, ‘I don’t care where I have to go, what I have to do or who I have to listen to, whatever God says, I’ll do it.’