“One of the young men went out into the field to gather herbs and came back with a pocketful of wild gourds. He shredded them and put the into the pot without realizing they were poisonous. Some of the stew was served to the men. But after they had eaten a bite or two they cried out, ‘Man of God, there’s poison in this stew!’”
2 Kings 4:39-41 NLT
The young man who went into the field to gather herbs was simply trying to feed man’s basic need, and yet he almost brought disaster to many. He did not realize that what looked so tasty was actually poison.
What a picture of life today. We run to this field and that field trying to gather something that will satisfy our deepest cravings. We gather philosophies that sound enticing, without realizing they will poison our very souls. And even more tragic, as we sow the lies that we gather, their poison affects others.
But that was not the end of the story. Fortunately, the Man of God was close by when the prophets realized their dangerous predicament, and he had an answer. However, it was not the flour Elisha put in the stew that brought healing—it was the power of the God who is not willing that anyone die from enemy poison.
God understands our search for truth. No matter which lie we pick up, Our Father will be right there waiting for us to realize, “It’s poison!” He has the cure for every poison as well as the only vaccine that works! He lovingly created both before any of us were born!
So, whether we need healing from poison we’ve already injected, or protection from every poison around us, the Truth of God’s Word is the prescription for all!