“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” (II-Kings 7:2).
I learned early during my spiritual warfare training that three of Satan’s most powerful weapons are fear, uncertainty and doubt we call this concept “FUD” for short. Fear comes in second as it leads to inaction, uncertainty is third as it leads to wrong action and doubt is the most powerful—it leads to disbelief.
Satan is a master of the art of spiritual warfare; he uses fear to keep believers from carrying out the commandments of God, uncertainty to keep them from committing themselves totally to God and doubt to marginalize their power found in the Word of God. Throughout the Scriptures we find examples of Satan, our adversary, using these powerful weapons to hinder saints in pursuit of the blessings of God.
II-Kings 7:2 introduces us to two men offering counsel to the king of Israel relating to the famine taking place during their war with the Syrians; they were not two common men. One man—a man of the court, had the ear of the king and the king leaned on his arm, the other—a man of God, had the ear of the King and he leaned on the King’s arm. The only thing the two had in common was their belief in the same god. One man’s belief was professed and the other’s profound, and so it is with faith. Some people profess faith in the power of the promises of God while others have power through the promises of God.
A professed belief is a spoken belief in something that may be rooted in fact, a fact accepted as truth. Profound belief is a belief with power, power received from an authority, a power source that holds authority. Professed belief is nothing more than words until it is given power. “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (I-Corinthians 4:20). The man of God, Elisha, informed the king that God would provide food for the city within the next 24-hours. The king’s man doubted the promise, holding God responsible for allowing the situation to come about.
We often find ourselves in troubling circumstances some of our own making others purely coincidental and we react in a similar manner as the king’s man when the promises of God are spoken by the Man of God in our presence. When this happens, we do not doubt the messenger, we doubt the Sender. For king’s man doubting the Sender he was given a prophetic message of his own by the same messenger; “You shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” God does not object to the believer’s questioning of his methods, but He objects severely to doubting His power to perform.
Temporary doubt may lead to a temporary delay, however if the doubt lingers and becomes outright disbelief in the promises of God, God retains the option to terminate the delivery of the blessing. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We must believe, beyond the shadow of doubt, that God can and will do what He says He will do.
Moses, Elisha and Elijah before him, did not ask the children of Israel to consider whom they would believe, each commanded them to choose. If only we would choose to believe Him. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ