Beyond the Weekend

April 4 | Known

April 4, 2019


So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory. 2 Kings 6:23

Read: 2 Kings 6:18-23

Listen: 2 Kings 6


The long manhunt is about to come to an end as the capture of Elisha is just moments away. The Aramean army has him in their sights when God intervenes again. Elisha prays, and the army is struck blind. Elisha (their “guide”) leads them unknowingly inside the walls of Samaria, the capital of Israel. After another prophetic prayer, their eyes open and the Arameans see the Israelite army surrounds them.

With victory assured, King Joram asks for permission to destroy the Arameans. Surprisingly, Elisha says no. He knew that God’s purpose was not to destroy the Arameans but to save the Israelites. As a result, the only knives used that day were to slice the freshly-baked bread and cut the smoked meat. At this moment, Israel is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. They’re making God known by showing God’s goodness and grace.


Consider what you can do to make God known by showing his goodness and grace. It doesn’t have to be something that requires a lot of planning; something simple would be fine. Send a note of encouragement to a friend. Complete a needed task that helps your spouse. Show kindness to someone at school who is often on the outside. Begin to look for ways to do one such thing every day.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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