For background to this devotion, please read II Kings 6:24-7:26.
Four leprous men were outside the city of Samaria while it was under siege from the Syrians. There was famine in the city and people had even resorted to eating human flesh. The four men decided that rather than die of starvation, they would surrender to the Syrian army.
When they arrived at the Syrian Camp, they found it empty of soldiers. Miraculously, the Syrian army had heard what they thought was the noise of mighty armies who had come to the aid of Samaria. In fear and haste, they fled for their lives. They left behind their tents, horses, and all of their supplies.
The four men went into one of the tents and got food, water, silver, gold; all of which they carried away to hide it. They returned to do this with another tent. Then, they said to each other, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent….Now, therefore, let us go and tell the king’s household”.
The lepers were now fed and became concerned for others in the city of Samaria. They went to tell the good news about where to find food and water.
There is a famine around us in our neighborhood and churches. Our neighbors, co-workers and people that we meet daily, are starving without the bread from Heaven. (John 6:32) “He who eats this Bread will live forever”. John 6:58. They are thirsting for living water. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14.
We must not keep this food and drink, this bread of life and this water of life, to ourselves. We cannot keep it hidden. If we do, we are not doing what is right. Share the bounty that is ours. Share the love of our Savior that He has lavished on us. We dare not commit the ‘sin of silence’.
Chorus from Freely, Freely by Carol Owens:
HE SAID, FREELY, FREELY, YOU HAVE RECEIVED FREELY, FREELY GIVE
GO IN MY NAME, AND BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE OTHERS WILL KNOW THAT I LIVE.