Trouble from the Lord

  1. The story of the Samarian siege continues into chapter 7, but I wanted to do a lesson on this first part of the story, which ends 2 Kings 6.
  2. I was struck by the last line, “This trouble is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
  3. Why? He answered it before he spoke it. “This trouble is from the Lord!”
  4. If the Lord is at work, why try to stop Him from working?
  5. They are wanting to end their trial. We all want our trials and troubles to end. It’s human, and it’s okay.
  6. But if we believe that God is in control and that He knows what’s going on, then we have to believe that He could stop this trouble and hasn’t. For His good purposes, because He’s only good, we have to believe that He chose to allow this trial and trouble to come about for your good and His glory and all the other amazing purposes He’s working out at the same time according to His good pleasure and the kind intention of His will.
  7. If God is working out His good and perfect will in your life, why would you want to stop Him?
  8. They recognized that God was behind their trouble. They say they aren’t waiting on the Lord any longer. If you stop waiting on the Lord, then you were NEVER waiting on the Lord.
  9. We get the tidbit that the king of Israel was wearing sackcloth under his clothing. Sackcloth was what you wore when you humbled yourself before God. He wasn’t really humbling himself, hiding the fact that he was trying to get God’s favor.
  10. Trying God out, seeing if He’s going to do anything or not, is not waiting on God.
  11. Humbling yourself is the absolute correct response to the trial, but it has to be for real, not you just trying to get what you want from God. God can tell the difference.