Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. – 2 Kings 7v2
During the great siege of Samaria prices skyrocketed. Things got so bad that Samarian women were eating their children. Everyone was in despair. It looked like there was no hope.
But then Elisha spoke up and told them that on the next day the siege would be over and everything would be back to normal. Prices would plummet back to the pre-siege costs.
One of the king’s key advisors asked – ‘Even if God could open the windows of heaven, could this really be true?’
This advisor just could not see how even God could take care of this situation. Things were too hard, even for God. Because of his doubts this advisor would see the things come true, but he would not be able to benefit from them.
We can sit here some 3000 years later and be critical of this man for his lack of faith. How could he doubt Elisha?
In reality he is not worse than we are when we read the promises of God and still get sick with worry. We (read Roger here) sometimes think that some situations are just too much for God to deal with just because we can’t see His way. When we (I) do that we (I) am no better than this pagan advisor in a pagan land who didn’t even know God.
How can we (I) doubt God when we claim to know His so well?