I Shall Not Want!

Article by James Okumu

We are living in harsh times and many people are living in despair. Over the last several months we have seen a rise in the prices of basic commodities like fuel, milk bread and even eggs. This is the kind of situation that leaves many wondering, “how we will survive and how far we can be stretched.”

This reminded me of the scenario in the book of 2 Kings Chapter 6 when the Syrian king besieged Samaria and there was a great famine in Samaria. Things were so bad that a donkeys head was sold for 80 shekels of silver. The famine was so severe it is recorded that 2 mothers agreed to boil and eat their children.

It was in the midst of this situation that Elisha the prophet declared and said;

“Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.”

How was this even possible with their enemies still surrounding them? Where would the flour and barley come from?

It sounded so ridiculous that an officer of the King retorted and said that even if God were to open the windows of heaven, this would not be possible.

The Prophet told him he would see this with his eyes but he would not eat of it and that is what happened. God magnified the footsteps of four leprous men who were headed for the enemy’s camp to sound like horse men and mighty chariots and when the enemy heard the sound they all fled in fear leaving camp with all their provisions.

The four leapers after finding the loot went back to the city to tell the king of what they had found and so it happened just as the Prophet had declared.

The prices of basic commodities may be on the rise and they may continue to rise even further but this is what the Lord would remind us today; He is our Shepherd and if we trust Him then we will not be in want. He provided manna for the children of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years. He caused Isaac to sow in a year of drought and Isaac reaped a harvest. He caused the oil in the widow’s small jar not to run out until she had filled all the containers she could find. Jesus fed 5000 men with 2 fish and 5 loaves. God has a track record and he always delivers.

Do not be anxious, be still and know that He is God!

Psalm 23:1 AMP

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.


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