Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 2, 2015

“Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 6:24 to 2 Kings 7:1-2.

“24 Now it came about after this, that Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria.  25 There was a great famine in Samaria;  and behold, they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver.  26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!”  27 He said, “If the Lord does not help you, from where shall I help you?  From the threshing floor, or from the wine press?” 28 And the king said to her, “What is the matter with you?”  And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’  29 So we boiled my son and ate him;  and I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’;  but she has hidden her son.”  30 When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes—now he was passing by on the wall—and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth beneath on his body.  31 Then he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today.”

32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him.  And the king sent a man from his presence;  but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, “Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head?  Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold the door shut against him.  Is not the sound of his master’s feet behind him?”  33 While he was still talking with them, behold, the messenger came down to him and he said, “Behold, this evil is from the Lord;  why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

1 Then Elisha said, “Listen to the word of the Lord; thus says the Lord, ‘Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.’”  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 6:24 to 2 Kings 7:1-2.

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As horrific and sad and apparently hopeless as the effects of the famine and siege had on Samaria when the king’s messenger arrived at the door of Elisha, there was a full deliverance one day later.

We too may be at our wit’s end with no hope in sight, but God can deliver us too that quickly.

“4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“Let God be magnified.”
5 But I am afflicted and needy;
Hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay.”  Psalm 70:4-5.

“O Lord, hear!  O Lord, forgive!  O Lord, listen and take action!  For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”  Daniel 9:19.

“I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
And My salvation will not delay.
And I will grant salvation in Zion,
And My glory for Israel.”  Isaiah 46:13.

“6 The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.
7 And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples,
Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”  Isaiah 25:6-9.

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