Read 2 Kings 6:8-23
What Elisha knew was that God outnumbered the Aramean army any day of the week.
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.
Oh, that I might react like that. 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 the fight. May I respond with those four words when my kids freak out and ask what we should do.
Do not be afraid!
He stood so still, his heart so calm because Elisha was privy to what his servant could not see. His 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 and his men and his horses appeared to be strong in number, the army of God stood at the ready, surrounding him and the people of God.
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 from a test, we might see God’s army, look for His fire chariots fighting for us, 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 enemy with blindness and forced them into submission. Then he showered them with mercy and brought peace with His own kind of fear.
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