Summary: When we break the defeatist mentality and move towards God we will win our battles.
2Ki 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
2Ki 7:4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
Jehoram wasn’t much better than Ahab. He had learned his lessons well from Ahab and Jezebel. Just to make a quick point here – let us never forget that God said way back in Exodus 34:7 when Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, that He would allow the sins of the fathers to be, "… upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." Let’s not bring the curse upon our children and grandchildren, should the Lord tarry in His coming, for future generations. Raise them to fear and serve the Lord. The famine in Israel was more the result of sin in the camp than of the siege of the Syrian Army. Israel would not have been in this position had they continued to serve the Lord, because God had brought the Syrian army in an attempt to wake them up and bring them back to God. The famine was so bad that the Jews of Samaria had resorted to cannibalism just to survive. In 2 Kings 6:25-28 we read of the severity of the famine, "And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver. And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barn floor, or out of the winepress? And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow."
Jehoram answered back if God has not helped you I surely cannot .
This siege locked them down no food or water could get in and nothing could get out. Soon some just accepted what looked to be their fate. Why fight it we are going to die anyway? Lets just eat our children.
-Complacency is the enemy of the soul. Spiritual satisfaction can lead us to a place of spiritual poverty. Our own spiritual complacency keeps men from striving toward the great places of the Kingdom of God. -Spiritual satisfaction leads to spiritual paralysis and our soul atrophies and becomes useless. -Spiritual complacency is a vice that must be fought against every single day of our lives. Abraham Lincoln -- “Failure is not a crime, but low aim is.” -Yet there are some things that creates a sense of spiritual complacency for men. Insurmountable Odds. Overwhelming Losses. Entrapment in the Past. Fear of the Future. -Contentment with earthly goods is the mark of a saint; contentment with our spiritual state is a mark of inward blindness. Philippians 3:13 14 -- “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 27 -- “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:” “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” -The greatest people of God has always had something inside of them that was hungry for more of a work of the Spirit. Psalm 42:2 -- “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 63:1 2 -- “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” “To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” -The cries from the Psalms are nothing more than the echoes of life. They are true to life because they are drawn from the stuff that life is made of: -One moment the singer stands on the rock of hope, the next he is struggling in the quicksands of despair, one minute he is shouting, the next he is shaking. One minute faith thrills him, the next fear threatens him. Often we seesaw back and forth between confidence and collapse. -All of our struggles and all of our victories should have one common purpose and that is to create within, an insatiable hunger for God. -God’s greatest were those whose longing for God consumed them. It propelled them onward and upward to heights that the average never see.