Why Sit Here Until We Die?

2 Kings 7:3–4 (NKJV) “Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, ‘Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, “We will enter the city,” the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.”
 
Sometimes circumstances are so bleak that it seems we are doomed. Such was the case with four leprous men outside the city of Samaria. Samaria was barricaded by the Syrian army. The people inside the city were starving. These lepers were dying. Leprosy was a slow and grievous death. They were starving. If they went into the city, they would die. There was no food. If they did nothing, they would die. They agreed that the only hopeful option was to surrender to the Syrians. Either the Syrians would take them as prisoners and feed them, or else they would execute them and they would die. They determined it was better to surrender to the Syrians than to do nothing and die. When they arrived at the camp, they found that the Syrians had fled, having “heard” the sound of an approaching army. It was a miracle! Not only did they find food to eat but there was enough food for the entire city of Samaria. In a similar way, it may seem that we are doomed and that there are no good options. We may be tempted to give up and die. However, with God there is always one good option. That is to take a risk, step out in faith, and leave the miracle to God. Regardless of what we are facing today, let’s not give in to discouragement and do nothing. Why sit here until we die? It is time to get up and do something in faith and trust God for a miracle!