If you go to garage sales, you know the scene…
- A variety of clothes hung on a clothesline between two trees.
- A folding table with random and miscellaneous stuff.
- Boxes filled with unrelated items.
In short…the organized disorganization of personal items for all to see.
At first, this was how I viewed 2 Kings chapter 6. It looked like several accounts stuck together as randomly as garage sale items…
- An ax head comes off the ax handle, flies into the river, and is thought to be lost.
- The user tells Elisha that the ax was borrowed, and Elisha causes the ax head to float up from the bottom of the river, so it can be retrieved.
- The Syrian army attacks Elisha, but God reveals their movement to Elisha in advance.
- God shows Elisha’s servant that the Syrian army is greatly outnumbered by God’s forces.
- God causes the Syrians to not recognize Elisha, and Elisha leads them right into Israel’s hands.
- Then Elisha says to feed the enemy army and let them go.
- Due to a blockade by the Syrians, the economy in Israel becomes so bad, that people are literally cooking and eating their own children.
- The king of Israel blames Elisha for all of this and sends people to seize him and put him to death.
- Knowing they’ve come to get him, Elisha tells them that by morning there will be plenty of food.
These are great stories, but they seem randomly stuck together. Yet, if you look closely, you will find a common theme. God’s sovereignty! Sovereignty over the physical world, the political world, the international world, and the economic world.
It’s a reminder to us that there’s not an aspect of our lives that God is not completely sovereign over. That’s not to say that things will always work out the way we want, but we don’t have to worry about the end result, for God is sovereign over everything…all the time!
Is your life marked by insecurity over uncertainty or confidence over His sovereignty?