Carpe Diem! Seize the day, boys! Make your life extraordinary! That’s just what happened with the four lepers.
The Syrians came in and occupied Samaria which was going through a famine. The famine was so bad the Israelites had resorted to cannibalism. Elisha the prophet proclaimed that the famine would end the next day.
The four lepers lived outside the gates. They were not allowed in the city so they were dependent upon the generosity of others for their sustenance. They spent their life waiting for others to supply their needs until one day one of them said “Why do we stay here until we die.” They could stay outside the gates and die from starvation or take the risk of going into Samaria and being killed. Either way they die.
The Lord caused the Syrians to hear the sound of chariots and horses so they fled the city. Seeing the camp had been abandoned the lepers began to go from tent to tent eating and drinking. They carried off clothing, gold and silver and hid it. Can you imagine the fun? They were indulging themselves.
I don’t know what kind of famine you’re experiencing: your job, your finances, your marriage?
Are we sitting at the city gates waiting on God to move? Are we waiting on our spouse to meet our needs?
We can have self pity in feast or famine. Self Pity is compassion turned inward. The lepers operated in both: while they sat at the city gates waiting and while they indulged themselves after entering the city.
What they did next changed the entire economy. What they did next allowed the miraculous to occur. What they did next made life extraordinary.
“This is not right! This is the day of good news and we aren’t sharing it.”
We have good news to share too! As we begin to seize each day we will begin to experience the extraordinary life as well!