The God We Don’t Expect

(Today's post by Tim David)

2 Kings 6:8-7:20

This month of November is a great time to take some time and really give God thanks for what we have. In past years material items came to mind very quickly. This year Judy and I have seen God provide just what we’ve needed – no more and no less. Even after seeing God provide strength, finances, and emotional stability; I still have a tendency to wonder if God’s forgotten about me. Let me explain, I remember praying in Judy’s OB appointment that if God is who He says He is, then he’ll allow us to hear/see our unborn girl’s heartbeat. When neither one happened, I swear I wondered if God really was powerful enough to effect my life. How was I going to explain this to three children under the age of 9, when they’ve prayed for nothing else since we lost their unborn brother just 7 months earlier. Over time, I came to the realization that one of Satan’s greatest weapons is using circumstances in our lives and in the lives of those we care about to cause us to doubt God’s supremacy. These passages gives us a glimpse into God’s provision.

1st – God provides positional protection. This king of Aram is the same king whose top general (Naaman) was healed from leprosy, yet he still wants to defeat Israel. It is obvious that this army is to be feared, yet God time and time again gives Elisha the ability to know just where this king was about to attack. The Israelites were outmaneuvered and certainly outmanned when compared to this army. The Israelite nation could easily have been defeated if God hadn’t provided the positions the enemy was taking. You may never know how many times God has prevented you from realizing complete defeat.

2nd– God provides emotional protection. When this frustrated king finally finds Elisha, he’s not going to leave anything to chance. The emotional defeat the residents of Dothan and Elisha’s servants must have felt when they woke up to this oppression. Then God allows this servant to see the army that’s surrounding the raiders. The end result is the Israelites are in emotionally in control and able to make decisions that provide long term protection.

3rd – God provides physical protection. No doubt things had gotten desperate in this capital city…but God provides when the king couldn’t. He gives much more than anyone could possibly have imagined. It is obvious that those who doubt God’s provisions will not survive.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed, believing God can provide, just to see provision in a manner I didn’t see coming. My God isn’t dead, nor is His throne empty. That being said, God doesn’t provide in manner we expect Him to. The God we serve is so much larger than we are – of course His provisions aren’t what we expect. Yet, far too often we “doubt” God’s existence or ability to provide, because He doesn’t react how we expect Him to. The logical conclusion is that we try to make God less than who He is, and then wonder why our prayers go unanswered. Ultimate faith puts no limit on God.

So I guess the question is, how big are you allowing God to be?

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