So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were. And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within. And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city. And one of his servants answered and said, Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city, (behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it: behold, I say, they are even as all the multitude of the Israelites that are consumed:) and let us send and see. They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see. And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king. (2 Kings 7:10-15)
Doubt caused this man to miss out on the blessing and deliverance of God. God delivered the city from the siege of the Syrians with a mighty miracle but the man did not believe when Elisha told him of what God would do and so he died before he could partake of what he saw God do. The lepers who discovered the Syrians were gone collected many spoils, the people of the city recovered much food and other stuff, but the man who doubted only saw the work of God but never received it. He tried to keep people in order but the masses were too desirous of the bread and food to do so orderly and he would not get out of the way and so he died without receiving God’s gift.
Many people miss the blessings God has for them because they do not believe. Whether it is denying miracles happen, or that they happen today, or just not believing that God could deliver them from their sin simply by faith in Jesus Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary, their doubt leads to disbelief and they miss all that God has for them. Even Christians can miss out on God’s greater work and provision by doubting all that God can and will do for His people and the ministries, missions, and discipleship He has called us to do for Him. We fail to believe His Word and miss opportunities to reach the lost with the Gospel. We doubt His power today and are not teaching the nations all things whatsoever He has commanded. We determine for ourselves what preaching is and are not obedient to preach the whole Word to the whole World. God has commissioned, called, and commanded that all His people are to be about His Kingdom business and yet so many of us are on the bench or sidelines and not in the game. There is too much at stake for us to be run over at the gate of the kingdom trying to control hungry people from getting the bread of life according to our rules instead of obeying God and sharing His message of grace.
While we are here on this earth as His ambassadors and ministers, God has commanded those of us who are His saints and know Him to go out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.