2Ki 7:1-2 “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. 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.”
If you don’t have faith, you’re not pleasing God.
2Ki 7:3-4 “And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
2Ki 7:5-9 “And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.”
We’re enjoying ourselves because we’ve got the light. What happens when we have a famine in our lives?
A crazy old TV show is called The Twilight Zone. Sometimes, our lives get crazy. We’re thinking ‘Why is this happening to me?’
God is with us in the Twilight Zone waiting to see if we will have faith in the darkest hour of the night. Will you carry your faith through the twilight zone? ‘Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’
You’ve got sorrow for a while, but it’s just a while. Isaiah said, ‘There will be a song in the night.’ Twilight is a strange time of the night, but God is there. Don’t shake your fist at God and say, ‘Where are you?’ You need to understand something, God is always there in the twilight zone waiting to perform the greatest miracle for those that have faith.
Good willed smart people who love the Lord to have things happen to them. ‘Why am I here? What have I done wrong? I feel like I’ve just wasted time.’ When you feel like you’re going to die anyway, try trusting God. You’ve got nothing to lose. God can flow in a situation where people say, ‘Only God could have done this.’
Daniel prayed three times a day and made the other guys look bad. So, they convinced the king to make a decree that praying to anybody other than the king would be thrown into the lion’s den. Those lions were not well fed. They were kept that way. This was the Twilight Zone for Daniel.
When the whole world was doing one thing, the three Hebrew boys did another. They did nothing wrong in God’s eyes. Yet, God allowed that to happen so He could get the glory.
When we get to the point where we’re doing well and feeling like ‘I deserve the good life. I’ve worked hard.’ That’s when we go through the Twilight Zone. We need to learn to trust God more. The only way to learn is in the dark where we have to trust God like we never have before.
The voice and the Word of the Lord is ‘God is with you in the Twilight Zone.’ He is not just the God of the mountain tops. He is the God of the valleys as well. In fact, He is the lily of the valley. ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me.’
Psalm 20:7-8 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”
Even in my falling time, I shall arise because my God is with me.
When evening came, those lepers came up with an idea. They were going to die anyway.
It’s okay to question the question, to check it out because you’re fixing to believe. It’s okay to say, ‘Are you in earnest here? Because I’m fixing to get excited about this.’ On the other hand, it’s not okay to doubt. The troubles and woes of the Twilight Zone are but for a season.
The king didn’t want Daniel to die, but there was nothing he could do. Daniel got thrown into a pit full of hungry lions. An angel kept the mouths of the lions shut and kept them from harming him. The lions obeyed the Lord. God was controlling the lion’s den. If you shake your fist at God, you might miss the miracle that He is preparing for you.
Sometimes when you want to hear a prophetic word, it’s not profound enough, so it must not be from God. You’ve got this thinking that He’s so lofty. But, God comes down to us and speaks a simple word, ‘I AM with you in the twilight zone.’
‘Look at the facts, the logic,’ says the world. NO! Look at God! He is in the fire, in the twilight zone. He is everywhere I go. The king said, ‘Is your God able to deliver you from the fire?’ They answered and said, ‘Oh king, He is able, but if He doesn’t save us, we will still worship Him.’ The three Hebrew children refused to bow down to anything but God. So, strong men had to throw them into the fire. Those ‘strong’ men died. The three Hebrew children were bound when they were thrown in. They hit the floor and then stood up without ropes. They probably looked at each other and saw an extra man in there. God was in the fiery furnace with them!
Job said, ‘Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.’ Job started cursing everything, but he never cursed God. He could have said, ‘Curse you bucket, curse you toe, curse you nail, but I love You, Jesus!’
‘Peter, you are four feet from a miracle.’ ‘Cast your net on the right side of the boat.’ Peter had a hard time believing that. He was a professional fisherman after all. He said, ‘We’ve toiled all night and caught nothing, but at thy Word, I will obey, I will do what I don’t feel like doing, because I’ve got a little bit of faith.’ He was four feet away from his miracle and his boat got filled with fish, so much so that they needed another boat to get it all to shore.
Mark 5:22-23 “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.”
He was desperate. He dove at the feet of Jesus. He was elated when Jesus went with him. Then, there was a woman who had an issue of blood and Jairus was impatient. Then, Jesus went with Jairus again and he saw people come from his house saying ‘Don’t bother Jesus anymore, she’s already dead.’ He had to have faith in the midst of the twilight zone. He needed to have faith that Jesus would heal and even raise her from the dead and his faith was rewarded. His little girl came back to life!
It may not work out the way we picture it, but God does miracles His own way. Our job is not to dictate policy. Our job is to say, ‘I know my Redeemer lives!’ He will make a way where there is no way.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.