Sovereign over famine and restoration


In 2 Kings 8, we read of the Shunammite woman‘s obedience to Elisha to sojourn “wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine.”

Elisha knew good and well who causes famines. God does.Leviticus 26:3–4 says,

If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase.

When the rains don’t come, it is the hand of God.

We read the very same thing in Psalm 105:16-17.  In the time of Joseph, God was ruling the famine as well:

“When he [God] summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.”

God does not just foresee a famine happening on its own or happening by Satan’s hand. God summoned the famine. God is sovereign over famine. And God is sovereign over the deliverance.

The Shunamite woman and her son (the one Elisha had raised from the dead) left for the land of the Philistines (enemies of Israel) and stayed 7 years. Upon her return, she discovered that her house and her grain-fields had been taken over by some one who refused to give them back to her. So, she determined to appeal to the king. She received an amazing restoration: Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”

Our amazing King is sovereign over restoration in our lives, too. Trust Him.

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