ONE DISRESPECTFUL CHIEF PAID A DIRE CONSEQUENCE – 2 Kings

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People Must Honor God’s Servants

(Passage: 2 Kings 7)

One Israelite’s chief paid a dire consequence for being disrespectful to Prophet Elisha over his prophecy. A prolonged famine had plagued the land of Israel at the time, but Elisha showed up and prophesied that God would avert the terrible situation overnight. The chief who heard the prophecy mocked the man of God (Elisha); however, the aftermath was not funny. Elisha uttered a statement that reshaped everyone’s thinking as he furthered stated that the man who mocked his prophecy would die for his behavior. The Bible reported Elisha’s prophecy, the chief’s response, and the aftermath consequence.

“Then Elisha 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.’” So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (2 Kings 7:1-2).

 

Christians To Honor Their Pastors

Christians have an obligation to honor the servants of God, for especially those who labor over their souls. The servants of God are guided by the Holy Spirit to serve as God’s mouthpiece; believers must relate to them with faith and follow their instructions.

The Bible states that whoever believes the word of a prophet shall be blessed. (2 Chronicles 20:20). That is, someone who believes any spiritual utterance (prophecy) that is stated by a man or woman of God will be rewarded for his faith. (Of course, the prophecy has to be in compliance with the Bible!) A person who acts in faith based on the utterances that are inspired by the Holy Spirit will propers. The person’s faith and action will turn to become his blessing.

 

Pray for Ability to Respect Your Spiritual Leaders

Dear God, I believe that you still lead people by the Holy Spirit. You lead your servants through the Holy Spirit to minister to their people. Please help me to respect your servants. Let me operate in faith and honor them as they perform their spiritual activities. Give me the ability to support your servants as they labor to bear positive fruits for your kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
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