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Windows of Heaven

"Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?"(2 Kings7:2). So asked the faithless servant when Elisha prophesied an abundance of food by tomorrow.

People were desperate for food. So desperate, in fact, that one mother gave her own son for food! Others were scrounging around for tiny bits of stuff that might be edible or might provide fuel—a donkey's head and doves' dung. No wonder the servant of the king doubted Elisha's promise of food tomorrow. Samaria, a besieged city slowly starving to death, was bereft of hope and faith. Was there hope for her?

Only in God and by God's grace hope became sight. Just as God promised, by noon the following day the city had food and to spare. However, because of his doubt, the faithless servant died in the stampede, never tasting of the bounties God had promised. (See 2 Kings 7 for the complete story.)

Is your past littered with hunger and hopelessness? Or failure and regret? Or loneliness and fear? Do you doubt your future? Do your doubts outweigh your faith? Listen to these words: "Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

Let me remind you that God is able to give you what you need. Nothing is impossible with God. He will not simply yield to our selfish wants, but notice the promise in Philippians 4:19: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Do you need love? God is love (1 John 4:16).

Do you need acceptance? Christ Christ hath made us accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Do you need grace? Jesus promised Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

List your need and let God fill it. The promises abound throughout the Bible. God delights in showing His sufficiency at times of our greatest neediness. Like the psalmist said, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies" (Psalm 23:5).

Just as God miraculously provided abundant food for Samaria in Elisha's time, so he can work miracles today. However, those who doubt God's ability will not enjoy His blessing. He will one day literally roll back the windows of heaven and call his bride into glory. "And they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30). "Oh, that will be glory for me."

—Matthew Horst

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