Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 8:1-9:13
There is an interesting story in today’s text. Benhadad, the king of Syria, had fallen sick. He sent a messenger by the name of Hazael to enquire of the prophet, whether he would live or die from this illness. Elisha responded by saying. “He shall surely recover, but he will die.” Elisha was saying that he will recover from the sickness, but then Hazael will murder him and take the throne. Elisha then stared intently at Hazael and then began to weep. Hazael inquired as to why the prophet was weeping. Elisha said, “Because I know the evil that you will do unto the children of Israel: their strongholds will you set on fire, and their young men will you slay with the sword, and will dash their children, and rip up their women with child.” And Hazael said, “But what, is your servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?”
This is equivalent to saying “This is unheard of, I would never do such a thing. Do you think you would ever stoop so low as to do such a thing? “It could never happen to me.” Hazael could not picture anything such as this in his future. Unfortunately, we all know someone who is no longer serving God as they did in the past. If we were to tell them that there would be a day in their future that they would not be in ministry or a day that they would not be attending church or even a day in which they would not be serving God, they would respond just as Hazael did. “No way, it could never happen to me.
What if you went to David when he was a young man serving the sheep in the hills of Judea, and told him that one day he would commit adultery and murder. How would he have responded? Possibly, “No way, it could never happen to me.” What about Peter who was told plainly that he would deny the Lord. To paraphrase his response, “No way, not me.”
I’m sure all who are reading this may say, “It could never happen to me!” I’ll never find myself away from God or out of the church.” “It could never happen to me!” The possibility lies within all of us, no one is exempt. We must be careful not to be content in our own righteousness, but to trust in the words of Jude who writes a final word that needs to be stated, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” Jude 1:24