2 Kings 4:40-41 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.
When I cook (which is rare), I prefer to follow a recipe. I am not all that adventurous when it come to my food. I figure that if there is a recipe, someone has already figured out that it will taste good. But some people like to experiment with their cooking. They just throw in a little of this and a little of that. Out comes a mystery casserole or a surprise soup. In today’s scripture, we see that Elisha concocted a mystery stew. His attendant had been given the job to go find some ingredients. So he found some random gourds that apparently were deadly. The stew was beyond nasty; it was killer stew. So what do you do when your recipe goes bad? Well, Elisha added flour.
Now as far as I know, flour doesn’t neutralize poison. Yet somehow it made the stew ok. What was it about that flour? Was it magic flour? Can I buy it at Winco? That would be pretty awesome – magic flour that turns bad stew into good stew. It wasn’t about the flour, though, was it? It was about the power of God in the flour. As strange as that sounds, that’s what happened. God’s power was in the flour. It wasn’t about the ingredient so much as it was about the power.
We get hung up sometimes trying to find the right ingredient for our healing. We read countless books trying to uncover the secret to wellness and a happy life. And we could find 101 ways to improve our lives, but the real solution is in the power of God. He alone has the power to change us. He alone has the power to take what is poison and make it good. He alone can take deadly stew and make it tasty. That is what He has done for us! While we were bad stew, God sent his flour (Jesus) to make us right. Let Him add a little flour power to your life today, and let the world discover the aroma of a transformed stew.