Making Stew From Poisoned Gourds

2 Kings 4:38-44 –

You’re undoubtedly far more familiar with the phrase “making lemons from lemonade.” But, excepting the miraculous part, this is kind of the same thing. A poisoned gourd stew is in fact much worse than lemons. One is sour…one can kill you. And while the phrase “make lemonade” refers to how we can turn difficult situations into positive outcomes, it was God’s miraculous power that changed a stew of death into a good stew!
It was the same with the bread. They didn’t have enough. Elisha said, “Just eat it. There will be enough.” And there was. For, as Jesus quoted, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
God’s miraculous word is able to do much more than make a good stew or miraculously provide bread. Those miracles are dim reflections of the wondrous providence He gives in Jesus our Savior who turned our death into life, our lack into abundance, our sorrow into joy and our condemnation into reconciliation. He didn’t turn lemons into lemonade, He turned sinners into saints by His blood – a much greater miracle for sure!

In Christ
Pastor Ude