Sermon: Will God Come Through, Part 5
Will God Come Through: Week 5
When I Take a Risk
Week 5: Will God Come Through
When I Take a Risk
How would you live today if you knew you were dying? Would you risk more, share more, love more? In this passage we read the story of a group of lepers who knew they were dying. To make matters worse, they were also in the middle of a famine and as lepers they weren’t allowed inside the walls of the city. However, because they knew they would either die of leprosy or starvation, they decided to take a risk and enter the city to try and find food. What happened next was remarkable and the Lord blessed them in ways they never could have imagined. When we take a risk, God will show up in significant ways.
1:Read 2 Kings 7:3-9:
“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. Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king's household.
2. Discussion Questions:
1. Have you ever been caught in what seemed like a lose-lose situation?
Did you see God work in the midst of that?
2. How did you see the Lord working in this passage?
3. What do you find most interesting/confusing/encouraging about this passage?
4. Can you think of a time you took a risk and saw the Lord do something incredible?
Think about something that would seem crazy to attempt unless you knew the Lord was with you. If you knew the Lord would give you success, would you attempt something risky? What would/could that look like? How would God get the glory from it?
4. Commit to Memory:
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.”