Rachel Jenae

Pain & Lack are Not Your Portion

All the thoughts…
Would love to hear yours on this topic::: P A I N.
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“The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!””
‭2 Kings 7:2 NLT‬
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Elisha has just given a word from God to the King of Israel on what was to come- a turnaround out of extreme famine for an entire city. He doesn’t just prophecy about food, but about a change in the economy of the city. And as soon as he speaks it, the King’s highest ranking guard and assistant, who he literally leans on (probably more than just physically), speaks up to doubt the Word of the Lord that Elisha shares.
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Maybe the King’s guard just didn’t think before he spoke, but his tongue gets him in trouble as he has now chosen to stay in an old season and doubt where God could take them and what God could do. He’d probably lived in famine long enough to have his own long list of suffering and heartache. Maybe he’d lost a child or other family member through it. Maybe his pain was speaking out that day – wondering why God hadn’t come through sooner to save him and an entire city from so much pain. Why would God do it now, even if he dared to believe He could.
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Any season of famine or lack can make you wrestle with God. As a child of God, lack and pain were never meant to be our story and somewhere deep down we know that. We ache for heaven and the Garden of Eden in its original state. But one man and woman chose and sin entered the story. So now, we long to be free of it all and our finite minds grapple with how to process it all. We actually do a really bad job of it, because we were never intended to process our own pain. We actually don’t have the resources to do it on our own, so we make a mess of things. We start believing lies that lead us farther and farther away from God’s heart and the word(s) He spoke and intended to walk us into a new season. God’s intent was always to walk WITH us. That we’d bring our pain to Him and He’d comfort us, give understanding and help us process…. (cont. in comments).