Situation? Desperate. Famine followed by siege. Even when they could freely leave the city walls, there was so little food in the fields. It was so bad, in fact, that even donkey heads and dove’s dung were only accessible to the rich who could afford to pay the outrageous, inflated prices for such meager means. And now that the enemy had boxed them in the city, they could do nothing but wait and slowly starve to death–some, in a desperate attempt to extend days of life, even resorting to cannibalism. Not only were they without food and freedom, the people were without hope. And the king, he was without power. And, in the frustration of his own impotence, the king sought to lash out at God by killing God’s prophet. Like I said, the situation was desperate.
Cue windows in heaven.
But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the LORD Himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
(2Kings 7:1-2 ESV)
Elisha’s prediction of such sudden abundance that they’d practically be giving away food was met with open, sarcastic cynicism by a palace aide. If God Himself were to make windows in heaven . . . if even the Almighty were to open the floodgates of paradise’s storehouse . . . if the shutters were flung wide open and the miracle of manna were multiplied beyond number . . . how could this be?
This captain of the king could have believed. Instead he berated. And ultimately, forfeited the blessing.
Read the rest of the story in 2Kings 7 and you find out how such a miraculous turnaround came to be. More importantly, read the rest of the story and you’ll fall at the feet of Who is able to turn death into life by simply opening windows in heaven.
Our God is the God who is able to intervene in desperate situations.
He is the God who did intervene in the most desperate of situations–people laid siege by sin and death. Entrapped by the desires and weakness of the flesh. Desperately seeking sustenance through every vain self-satisfying endeavor. Without means or money to buy bread and water needed for life . . . true life . . life to the full.
Cue windows in heaven.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. . . . For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.” So the Jews grumbled about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
(John 6:35, 38, 41 ESV)
The abundance of heaven made manifest through the Son of God. Sin’s life-draining pursuit replaced by the Savior’s life-giving salvation. Death’s power swallowed up in the resurrection’s victory. And for all who believe, living water from windows in heaven.
Not just the price paid for the famine of the past. Not just a hope for a place at the table where we will feast in the future. But, as well, the promise of heaven-sent provision for every hunger and desperate situation we face today. The finished work of the cross a forever display of God’s love and care for His people. The empty tomb a reminder of the power of God to reverse what we might think to be irreversible. The Spirit of God, a flowing river out of the hearts of those believe, as an ever sustaining Helper and Comforter from windows in heaven.
Ours is to believe. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. Without moving forward in faith, impossible to receive from windows in heaven.
Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
(Malachi 3:10 ESV)
All because of grace. Only for His glory.