Why Sit Here Till I Die?


There are times in life that we tend to get into a rut and lose focus of our goals and dreams, sadly deciding to just settle for whatever comes our way. The hustle and bustle of life, along with it’s stress and pressures have a way of wearing us down at times, causing us to feel too weak to even fight for the things we want out of life. It is during times like this that we need to stop, take time to regain our focus, and ask ourself, “Why sit here till I die?” Disappointments will without a doubt come our way from time to time in life, but we mustn’t allow discouragements to deter us from the goals, dreams, and changes that we want to see fulfilled in our lives. Sometimes we simply come to the realization that our situation in life is not what we want it to be and that action needs to be taken to bring about the changes that we desire.  

There is a story from the Bible in the 6th and 7th chapters of 2nd Kings that I consider one of the most interesting and motivating stories found in the Bible.  In this story, the city of Samaria, which was an ancient city in Israel, was going through a period of extreme famine. The famine was brought about by a war that was taking place between Israel and the Syrians.  The Syrians had surrounded the city of Samaria and were preventing any food from being brought out or taken into the city. The situation of the famine in Samaria had become so bad that women resorted to cannibalism and were eating their own children!  This was a time of great suffering for the people of Samaria.

When you read this story in the Bible, you will read about a day when four lepers were sitting outside the gates of the city of Samaria. In Bible times, people with leprosy were social outcasts and were rejected from contact from the rest of the community, and were driven out of the city. On one particular day in this story, the Bible says that four lepers were sitting outside the city gates contemplating their dilemma and their impending fate. They began to reason among themselves and one of them asked, “Why are we sitting here till we die?”  Take a look at the passage from the Bible in 2nd Kings Chapter 7 verses 3-8. Now there were four lepers sitting outside the city gates. “Why sit here until we die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here and we will starve if we go back into the city; so we might as well go out and surrender to the Syrian army. If they let us live, so much the better; but if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” (Living Bible Translation) 

When I read this story in the Bible, I can so easily relate it to situations that we have all faced at one time or another in our lives. As you read this, maybe you are facing a situation right now that requires that you make some very tough choices in order to bring about the positive changes that you want to see in your life. The situation of the lepers in this story was that they faced a grievous situation that required them to make some tough decisions. We have all been in situations where we knew that our current situation was headed in a downward spiral destined for disaster. Perhaps you are in a situation in your life like that even now. These lepers in this story knew they were very sick and starving. They knew that if they stayed where they were and did nothing, they would starve to death. They also knew that if they tried to go back into the city, because they were lepers, nobody would have compassion on them; after all…they were lepers. The lepers made the bold decision to go to the camp of the enemy and surrender. They reasoned that the very worst that would happen is that they would be killed, but they knew if they did nothing they would die anyway. The bottom line was that they knew they had to do SOMETHING.  

Sometimes in life, we get into desperate situations that require action and a decision. People often procrastinate in taking the actions that they know are necessary. Sometimes the delay in appropriate action is because of fear, or sometimes people are simply living in denial of the problem. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain, if no action is taken, the crisis that we face will not simply go away. Complacency and inaction will only lead to self-destruction. I heard a quote once that said, “Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows.” This is so very true. What crisis are you facing in your life that requires a brave and determined decision? Maybe you are in a toxic relationship that is destroying you emotionally. Perhaps your health is not what it should be because of poor eating habits, smoking, excessive drinking, or any number of things that are devastating to your health. Maybe you are overwhelmed by debt. Maybe you are in a job that you hate, or are attending a church that does not allow you to grow spiritually and become the person God meant for you to be. The possible scenarios and combinations of hardships in life are endless. One thing I can tell you with all certainty is that regardless of what problems you are facing in life, there are decisions that must be made if you are to ever overcome your problems. Just like the lepers in the story, you have to take an honest look at your situation, and realize that doing nothing is the wrong solution. You also have to ask yourself, “What is the worst that can happen if I take a step of action?”  

When you read the story of the four lepers in 2nd Kings Chapter 7, you will find out that their decision to take action, and their refusal to just sit there and die brought about a change, and God blessed them as a result of them taking action. I don’t want to tell you how it all went down. I don’t want to spoil it for you. You should read the story yourself in the 6th and 7th chapters of the book of 2nd Kings in the Bible. It is really one of the awesome stories from the Bible.  I encourage you to embrace the same attitude that the four lepers had. If you are facing a major crisis in your life, and you know you need a change, take action and do it. We have a God in Heaven who is able to perform the impossible for us if we are able to simply trust Him. The Bible says that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) One thing is for certain…your situation will never change unless you take some kind of action. It may not be easy, but remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Don’t let fear of failure stop you. Ask yourself, “Why sit here till I die?”   

Thanks for reading!

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