(Today's post by Chris Queen)
2 Kings 3:1-4:7
We tend to think of science and the Bible as being diametrically opposed to each other. Of course, this stems from the attempts by many scientists to discredit God’s Word, and in turn, to disprove the existence of God Himself. Yet we see more and more scientists actually turning to God as a result of their findings. Our God truly is the God of science, and we see this in two unique ways in 2 Kings.
In Chapter 3, we see God using a natural phenomenon, the changing light of the sunrise, to accomplish yet another unusual battle plan which He authored (using Elisha has His messenger).
17 “…this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”
20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
21 Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border. 22 When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red—like blood. 23 “That’s blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and slaughtered each other. Now to the plunder, Moab!”
24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites.
In Chapter 4, we see God do a smaller, yet no less miraculous, feat for a widow and her children.
1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
In these two accounts, God gives victory to the Israelites by tricking the Moabites into thinking that the early morning sunlight reflecting off water is blood instead. Then we see Him create abundance from scarcity, taking care of a family in need. If the God of science can do such amazing things as these, why don’t we trust Him with the smaller things in our lives – scenarios that don’t require miracles or tricks of nature?
Do you trust God with both the miraculous and the mundane in your life? If not, what are some ways in which you can place your complete trust in Him?