2 Kings 2:19-22 TLB; Now a delegation of the city officials of Jericho visited Elisha. “We have a problem,” they told him. “This city is located in beautiful natural surroundings, as you can see; but the water is bad and causes our women to have miscarriages.”
“Well,” he said, “bring me a new bowl filled with salt.” So they brought it to him.
Then he went out to the city well and threw the salt in and declared, “The Lord has healed these waters. They shall no longer cause death or miscarriage.”
And sure enough! The water was purified, just as Elisha had said.
Several translations omit the fact that this is Jericho, you know, the first city the Israelis conquered after leaving the wilderness. It’s the city they marched around for 7 days and the walls fell down flat. Interesting. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the location, if you can’t drink the water without dying, that’s a bad thing. But they new if anyone could change things, it was the man who spoke for God in the earth, the prophet Elisha.
Salt in the water? Really? But notice that the men didn’t question, they did exactly what he said to do. What was the result of their obedience? The water was fixed. How did they know the water was fixed? They had to drink it, right? I can only imagine the scene at the well with this group of men. “You taste it first, you’re the oldest!” “No, you taste it, you’re youngest.” ” I know, lets give it to your wife. She’s pregnant, we’ll let her taste it first.” Sorry, my imagination runs away some times. Although it doesn’t mention it, human nature says it could have happened that way. Or perhaps not. Perhaps we’ve just lost our faith in the power of God to do what He says.
There’s an old song that pops into my mind, “Only Believe. Only Believe. All things are possible, Only Believe.” Only believe that when you speak Gods Word, it will come to pass. Only believe that if He said it, He will do it. Only believe that He is everything you need Him to be. Only believe that He still heals the waters, calms the storms, raises the dead, makes blind eyes see, heals diseases, sets the oppressed free. If you can believe, the bible says that all things are possible to those who believe.
Father, I believe. I believe that I’m Your daughter, made in Your image and likeness, created for greatness. I believe that when I speak Your Word, You listen and send Your angels to accomplish what it was sent to do. I believe that Your love changes lives. I believe that when we humble ourselves and pray, seek Your face and turn from our selfish, prideful ways, You forgive us and heal our land. I thank You for Your miracle working power that resides in me. You created me for signs, wonders and miracles just as You made Elisha to do the same. I expect You to make good on Your promises because You cannot lie. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen