Samaria is besieged by the mighty Syrian army. No one goes into or comes out of the city. Food supplies have been cut off, famine is rampant and people are eating each other’s children just to survive.
Four lepers living on the outskirts of Samaria are also about to die of hunger. They find themselves in a dilemma. They said to themselves: if they venture into the city (supposing they are allowed to enter), they will die of famine anyway and if they remain where they are they will still die of hunger. If there ever was a scenario that so aptly depicted “between a rock and a hard place”, this is it!! After considering the pros and cons of their situation, they come to this conclusion, “If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”” 2 Kings 7:4.
After analyzing their situation, they decided to move forward. Staying in one place was not an option. What is the worst that could happen? Though moving forward was fraught with danger including death, these lepers realized that they would not be any better off remaining where they were. They would either be killed or saved and fed by the Syrian army so though the future was uncertain, they were willing to take a risk.
Is there a step or a risk you must take but are unsure of? Do not be afraid to move forward because of the possibility of failure. God will hardly lay out all the steps you need to take to get to your next level. Sometimes we just need to take a step of faith trusting that He will go with us and the end of it will be glorious. We will never know with certainty what the step we need to take will result in. The best laid plans can sometimes go awry and if we never move forward and take that step, we will never know how successful or prosperous we could have been. Whoever must achieve greatness must take some risks.
We as Christians are better off than these lepers. They had no hope, yet they took that step. We have hope in Christ; we have nothing to fear.
As Esther said to Mordecai, “…“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16
Like the four lepers, Esther also did not perish. You have thought about that plan, step, business idea, proposal, marriage, school, job change long enough; it is time to take a step forward. Go forward in faith.