09 Mar 2 Kings 7:2, 17-20; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 10:13-15
2 The royal officer on whose hand the king was leaning answered the man of God and said, “Behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” Then he said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it.”
2 Kings 17-20
17 Now the king appointed the royal officer on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate; but the people trampled on him at the gate, and he died just as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him. 18 It happened just as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, “Two measures of barley for a shekel and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, will be sold tomorrow about this time at the gate of Samaria.” 19 Then the royal officer answered the man of God and said, “Now behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?” And he said, “Behold, you will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat of it.” 20 And so it happened to him, for the people trampled on him at the gate and he died.
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
Sharing God’s Good News isn’t always easy, and there is no guarantee others will accept it. The captain didn’t believe Elisha (and unfortunately paid a terrible price for his doubt). Maybe he thought the situation was too far gone, or that God had been silent too long. Some believe this same thing about their own situation or salvation. But we know differently, that God “is not slow” and doesn’t want “anyone to perish.” Our job is to share the Good News knowing that we cannot control how others response. Read what Paul writes in Romans about how important it is to share and “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News!”