There are many lessons to be learned from the stories recorded about prophet Elisha. This is the 20th in a series focused on the life of this great prophet.
“When the servant of the man of God got up and
went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had
surrounded the city. ‘Oh, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked.
‘Don't be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more
than those who are with them.’” (2 Kings 6:15-16)
Imagine this: You wake up one bright, sunny day, just the perfect morning for an “out-of-doors” stretch. You step out onto the patio, reach up your arms to the heavens, drinking in the freshness of the morning air . . . Then you pry open your sleep-filled eyes open, feeling so refreshed . . . And you see an entire regiment of soldiers surrounding your neighborhood, guns pointed directly at – YOU! I don’t know about you, but I might have been just a little bit afraid! And that’s exactly the way Elisha’s servant reacted. In fact, I can just about “hear” the fear and despair in his voice as he called out to his master: “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?”
Imagine his surprise when Elisha responded with: “Those who are with US are MORE than those who are with THEM.”
I can just see the servant do a double take: “What a minute, Elisha! I think you forgot to look outside! Or maybe you need to go back to school and learn to count! There’s THOUSANDS of them out there! And there’s just a few of us! No more! Just us and the neighbors!”
We aren’t told if Elisha actually SAW the army of God or if God told him it would be there and he believed God’s promise. But it didn’t matter, and it didn’t matter whether the servant believed or not; there they still were! Vs.17 records that the hills were “ . . . Full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Why? Because the God of Israel fought for Elisha, and He is bigger and better and stronger and mightier than anything any human being can muster; and in addition, He is bigger and better and stronger and mightier than anything the devil can muster, too! This same God still fights for His people. It doesn’t matter how vast the army of problems and circumstances that surround us: We STILL have a God fighting for us who is BIGGER and BETTER and STRONGER and MIGHTIER than anything the world of the devil can throw our way!
However, just like Elisha’s servant couldn’t SEE the horses and chariots of fire all around, sometimes we, too, don’t sense God’s presence in a bad situation. But the fact that we don’t see Him doesn’t mean He isn’t there, and we must believe, regardless! We must speak HIS power into the bad circumstances, and we must believe that HE is stronger than what the enemy has thrown our way. No matter how bleak the circumstance, God WILL prevail.
Why not try speaking God’s power into your bleak circumstances, today, my friend!
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will HIMSELF RESTORE YOU and MAKE YOU STRONG, FIRM and STEADFAST. To HIM be the power for ever and ever.” (1 Peter 5:10-11)
See next Saturday's edition of The Nugget for Lessons From Elisha, Part 21.
Love in Christ,