It’s too good to be true! Pessimism can ruin blessings from God faster than just about anything. When God does something good, or when He is promising to give us a blessing, our doubting spirit can interject, “yea, it won’t happen… it’s just too good to be true.”
In our text, we see two great examples of this fault in human nature. The first is the servant of Elisha who was terrified when the Syrians came to kill the prophet. The plans of the enemies of God had been thwarted over and over again, as God showed Elisha the Syrians next military move before it ever happened. It was so accurate that it was if Elisha was in the bed chamber with the king hearing the plans straight from his mouth!
To put an end to this, the Syrian king send his army after one man, Elisha. The servant of Elisha saw the army coming, and trembling with fear and worry went to Elisha. Elisha attempted to reassure the man, but to no avail. He was hysterical, and knew nothing the man of God was saying could really be true. But then, God opened his eyes so he could see the host of the Lord. When he saw this… it really was good and true!
The second instance is the servant of Israel who doubted Elisha when he prophesied that food would be sold for ridiculously low prices. In the man’s mind, there was no possible way flour and barley could ever reach those historically low prices, especially when the current situation was so dire that people were turning to cannibalism!
Sure enough God provided the spoils of the Syrian army, and the prophecy of the man of God came true. The servant of Israel knew it was true, but didn’t get to enjoy it. He was trampled to death by the starving crowd rushing to get the spoil. He learned that the news was good and true.
Just because something sounds too good to be true, doesn’t mean it is. Yes, I understand that most deals that offer you the opportunity to have your cake and eat it too are usually faulty, dangerous, and “too good to be true”, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are.
It really boils down to the reputation of the one making the offer. I have met tons of individuals out soul winning who have a hard time grasping the concept of salvation. It is so free, and so simple (for us to receive it… that is) that they feel it has to be too good to be true.
There are some promises and blessings of God that we almost feel are fake or unattainable because they seem so surreal. Nevertheless God has promised them, and can come good on His promises… His reputation is spotless, and His offers always are good and true.
Most scams are too good to be true, but you can believe every promise God has made you. You can “take it to the bank”.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Kings 6 - 7
2 Kings 7:16
And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.