What We Are Doing Is Not Right

There's a great little story in 2 Kings 7 about four men with leprosy who were banished from the city and were sitting by the wall of the city. They said to each other, “If we stay here, we're going to die of starvation. If we go to the enemy camp, they may have pity on us and let us stay.” To their surprise, when they went to the place where the army was camped, it was deserted and all of the gold, food, and livestock were left. The enemy army had deserted it all because the Lord had created the sound of chariots in the middle of night and they fled in fear.

 

So these four men who had been banished from the city, were now eating food and had everything they could want that was left by the army. But in 2 Kings 7:9 they said something interesting. “Finally, they said to one another, ‘What we are doing is not right. Today is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, our sin will overtake us. Now let us go tell the King's household.’” I think there's a lot we can learn from this story.

 

First of all, I think we need to realize how good God is and how He has allowed us to eat good food and be people of spiritual privilege. We have to do a self-assessment. That's what those four guys did, they looked at themselves and said, “This isn’t right. We need to share the good news. We need to do what is right.” The same thing applies to us today: we need to share the good news. What we're doing—hoarding Christianity by staying in our little small groups and not letting anybody else in—is not right.

 

The second thing is these four men went and declared the goodness of the Lord. “You can't believe what just took place,” they said to the gatekeeper. We are safe because the Lord has provided. We need to declare the goodness of the Lord.

 

Finally, they had to get up out of the place of plenty and go to the very people who had rejected them and banish them from the city because of their illness and share the good news with them. It took action and movement and physically doing something. I think it's a great lesson for us. We need to ask ourselves, “What is it in our life that is good, that we should be sharing with others?” It could be our resources. It could be our homes. It could be our time. But what are we doing that’s hoarding? We need to declare the goodness of the Lord and act on it by sharing that goodness with others.