Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” – 2 Kings 7:9
It is a familiar story to both Bible readers and Bible students alike. Lepers, who sat starving in Jerusalem due to a lengthened siege, ventured to the camp of the Syrians to either find something to eat or die trying. What they found when they arrived was the direct result of God’s divine intervention, an empty camp and abundant provision for them all. They could have kept this wonderful news to themselves. After all, what had anyone ever done for them and who would believe them anyway? Instead, they chose to let the entire city (that had rejected them) know the deliverance that God had provided.
It is a familiar story and perhaps, so is the application, but it bears repeating because we so often repeat our own failure and disobedience. We are surrounded by spiritual starvation and yet an infinite “bounty” may be found in Christ.
It is a “day of good news.” Why remain silent?
The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to. – A. B. Simpson