Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 6-8
Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 6:15-17
15) When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16) He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17) Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
When the king of Syria warred against Israel, he couldn’t figure out how his enemies seemed to know his strategies and traps before he even conceived of them. He was convinced there must be a spy among his trusted advisors and brought this accusation to his inner circle. It was then that one of his servants informed him that the truth was much worse: Israel had a prophet, one who could even hear the words the king of Syria spoke in his bedroom chamber (2 Kings 6:8-12). So the king sent a great army (verse 14) to capture the prophet Elisha.
An army. For one man. Not exactly a fair fight.
And that must have been the thought that went through the mind of Elisha’s servant when he looked outside one morning and saw the hordes of the Syrian Army surrounding his master’s humble abode. Panicked, he asked Elisha, ‘what should we do?’ But Elisha already knew the situation was taken care of, for he had already borne witness to the battle most men cannot see. As he prayed, and God gave the servant sight to see the angelic throng surrounding and greatly outnumbering the Syrians, the scope of the true battle became clear.
We each face battles in our daily lives, some more harrowing than others. And there are times when we feel outmatched by the opponents or circumstances surrounding us. Maybe because there are so many or they seem so great. Maybe because we find ourselves facing them alone. Either way, our response is panic: What should we do?
Do we understand that the words: “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” are just as real and relevant to us today as they were in Elisha’s time?
You. Have. No. Idea.
While we’re focusing on our visible circumstances, realize there is a very real army just waiting to lend us aid. Soldiers with flaming swords and shields, chariots of fire, able to travel at the speed of prayer, capable of defeating any foe, be it flesh and blood or principality and power (Ephesians 6:12). The car that should have ran you over, but stopped. The plane that should have crashed, but didn’t. The train that got into an accident, but that you missed and weren’t on. The enemy that came for you and never found you. The enemy that found you, but couldn’t get a hand on you.
When you feel alone in your struggles and difficulties, take a prayerful moment to consider all of the things that didn’t happen to you, because of the angelic interventions that did. All of the battles you don’t see.
Joshua 5:13-14 – 13) When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14a) And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.”