April 5: How Elisha Overcame Fear and Anxiety

Read 2 Kings 6:8-23

Elisha knew that God outnumbered the Aramean army. It was a fact. It’s how he overcame the kind of fear and anxiety his servant was in.

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v16).

His first reaction when the servant asked, What shall we do?! was Do not be afraid.

I want to be that kind of person — someone who reacts to impending attack from an enemy based on truth rather than anxiety about what seems to be. When kings and chariots seem to outnumber. When germs and sickness look like they might win. When people who are different than me approach and ask for help I don’t know how to give. When cancer looks like it will win.

Elisha knew the truth and operated accordingly.

“Do not be afraid!”

He stood so still, his heart so calm, because he was privy to what his servant could not see. Elisha’s faith saw what his servant could not. And that faith brought Elisha real life. Unafraid.

It brought his servant that kind of “unafraid”, too.

“O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.”

Elisha knew that even though the Aramean king with his men and his horses appeared to be strong in number, the army of God stood at the ready, surrounding His people.

I wonder what it would be like to see with those kind of eyes. To look at the scary and see its defeat. What might we live like if we could see all that we fear as Elisha saw the enemy?

Perhaps we would face adversity more strongly. Perhaps when the doctor calls with bad news, we’d see God’s army, look for His fighting chariots surrounding what scares us, calling it into submission to His will and His plan.

That’s what He did for Elisha and for the people of Israel. He struck their enemies with blindness and forced them into submission. Then he showered them with mercy and brought peace with His own kind of fear.

RELATED RESOURCES

15 Bible Verses for Trusting God in Tough Times by Rachel Wojo

The Unafraid Manifesto by Brianna Wasson (That’s me.)

An interview with John Piper with John Piper about casting fear on God

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

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About Brianna R Wasson

A follower of Jesus Christ who loves His Word, my name is Brianna but I usually call myself Bria. I'm a deep thinker with a seminary background who grew up knowing Jesus but falters on a regular basis. I love my family, which consists of two daughters one husband and a dog. I also love hanging out with friends, taking pictures of pretty stuff, good books, and coffee.
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