2 Kings 7:3-8
Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die. So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them.
I’m often troubled when I hear people talk about what they would’ve liked to accomplish in life. In most cases they talk as if life is over and there is no more hope. Now let’s be clear, I’m not talking about the 40 year old man who always wanted to go to the NBA or the 35 year old woman who always wanted to be a high school cheerleader. I’m talking about the people who came in contact with a challenge called life that may have hindered some things.
Prior to these four lepers sitting at the city gate, Ben-hadad king of Syria had besieged Samaria and there was a famine. So these four lepers were in what seemed to be the worst situation life had to offer. Let’s examine their situation, they were plagued by a terrible skin disease (so much that the writer labeled them by their condition), they were considered outcast by their own people, what use to be their home was taken by enemies and there was famine in the land, death was inevitable. But these four men did not let their situation dictate their action. Look again at what they said “Why are we sitting here until we die?” In other words, let’s do something! Now fast forward to the end, because they were not willing to stay in their current situation they got up a walked a few miles just to discover what they needed and plenty more was waiting for them. Not only that they were able share with others. Together let’s adopt the willingness of these four lepers. Let’s believe that we are more than conquerors. Together let’s get up walk out of current situations. Together, let’s do something!