The Simplicity of Faith (@paulblakey)

2 Kings – a 250 year history during which two national tragedies occur – the northern kingdom of Israel destroyed by the Assyrians and the southern kingdom of Israel destroyed by the Babylonians. The life of several King’s is described and through it all God is at work particularly through Prophets who warn of the judgement to come.

To me sections of 2 Kings are almost like the Jesus story in the Gospels. All sorts of amazing and strange things going on: fire coming down from heaven; water dividing so Elijah and Elisha could cross the river on dry ground (without the cool CGI as seen in The Bible series!); chariots of fire and horses sending Elijah off to heaven in a whirlwind; healing of water; water miraculously appearing; the supply of oil until there were no jars left; miraculous pregnancy; a hundred men fed with twenty loaves and ears of corn with leftovers; healing of leprosy; a dead man touching Elisha’s bones and coming back to life…

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One of the coolest stories for me is in 2 Kings 2:22-25:

‘From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys (young [maturing and accountable] boys according to The Amplified version) came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.’

Every bullied person and every victim should be able to find comfort in this story – God is watching your back, God is on your side, God will sort those who are oppressing you in the end – simply call on and trust him…

God is the same yesterday, today and forever – he is simply looking for people who, like Elijah and Elisha, have faith.

Jean and I spent a few weeks in Brazil some years ago – we stayed with an evangelist friend, Dario Luiz, who took us to some of the outreach meetings he was preaching at. At the end of his talk he always gave a call for people to come forward who wanted prayer for healing. In a poor country with expensive health care and prescription drugs in each meeting almost all the congregation went to the front for prayer. For many of the people in these meetings faith in God to deal with the problem was all they had – and with this simple faith we saw God do all kinds of amazing things.

Why not read again the first few chapters of 2 Kings – see the amazing and way out things God did for his people – and ask Him for that simple, child-like faith for your life…

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About paulblakey

I am Paul - founder of Street Angels, CNI Network and Love Your Streets #Do1NiceThing. I am from Halifax in Yorkshire and married to Jean from Larne in Northern Ireland. I am passionate about social action, social media and making the difference...