Elisha answered, “Listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow 24 cups of the best flour will sell for half an ounce of silver in the gateway to Samaria. And 48 cups of barley will sell for half an ounce of silver.” The servant on whose arm the king was leaning answered the man of God, “Could this happen even if the LORD poured rain through windows in the sky?” Elisha replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you won’t eat any of it.” (2Kings 7:1-2 GW)
The dictionary defines an opinion as “a view somebody takes about an issue, especially when it is based solely on personal judgment.” It is important to ensure that your life is guided by the right opinions. A great number of people in this world are guided by the wrong opinions regarding success, prosperity, happiness and life itself. It is for this reason that a lot of people in this world live unsuccessful, unfulfilled and poor lives.
Napoleon Hill, author of bestselling Think and Grow Rich, pointed out that opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Too many people in this world live with very backward, inferior and negative opinions about life and prosperity. Surprisingly, it is these very people who put in a lot of effort to impose their opinions on the rest of the world. Another important thing you must do is to ensure that your life is guarded from the wrong opinions.
Once you accept the wrong opinions, you embrace wrong thinking. Wrong thinking shapes your life when it is embraced and is the chief cause of non-achievement in life. The reason why most of the world’s population is poor is because they think poor. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Many people sell the idea that you have to struggle in this life before you become rich. Others sell the idea that you have to work for a number of years before you can afford this or that. They sell the idea that you must work for at least “x” number of years before you rise up the corporate ladder. Bob Procter, in his book You Were Born Rich advises that men ought to make up their minds to heed their own counsel whilst keeping an attentive ear open for God’s counsel. I strongly agree with him in such an era when multitudes with a flock of wrong opinions are always trying to foist their negative thoughts about life and prosperity on others.
Wrong opinions will always eliminate the miraculous and spectacular in a person’s life. Wrong opinions shut the doors to possibility thinking. Wrong opinions rule out the power of God from being manifested in any situation or circumstance. Wrong opinions make no room for the working of supernatural favour in a person’s life.
Never embrace thoughts that eliminate the miraculous. What corporate or governmental ladder did Joseph (son of Jacob) climb before becoming the Prime Minister of Egypt? He moved straight from jail to Prime Minister of Egypt with no relevant working experience whatsoever. What work did the four lepers do before they gathered so much wealth in the Syrian camp? The answer is no work at all. For how many years did they work before they could afford the things that kings and nobles desire? The answer is zero hours. (See 2Kings 7:1-9)
In our opening verse, Elijah prophesied that a very bad economic situation (probably worse than The Great Depression ) was going to be reversed in 24hours. How daring! Someone, whose opinions were so limited, ruled out such a possibility totally. Even though the whole city enjoyed the abundance that was spoken of, this man (a lord on whose hand the king leaned) did not enjoy the abundance of resources. Rather, he was trampled upon and killed by those who reached out for the abundant supplies.
Don’t let wrong opinions rob you of the good of the land. Don’t let small thinking keep you from all the untapped riches and resources in this world. There is enough wealth for every single human being in this world to become a dollar billionaire. Don’t let your thinking deprive you of God’s power and the miraculous. The Bible says that God is able to do “superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20 AMP). If you can think it, know that God can do it and much more.