Apr 21, 2020
A great army surrounded the city of Dothan. Elisha and the servant were in that city. Fears emerged when the servant saw the enemy troops, horses, and chariots. He calculated a dark forecast. Outnumbered, overpowered, and overwhelmed by the prospect of captivity or even death drove a desire for quick answers.
He cried out to Elisha with this question: "Oh, sir, what will we do now?" (2 Kings 6:15b).
If you read on in the story, you get the sense that the servant asked the wrong question. It might be said that Elisha changed the question from, “What will WE do now to what will GOD do now.”
16 "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!" 17 Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:16-17)
God opened the servant’s eyes to see something bigger than the enemy and all their weapons and horses and chariots. He saw God’s army, horses and chariots of FIRE all around them.
The story goes on to put God’s power on display. Protection unfolded for Elisha and the servant, leading to victory feast in the presence of the enemy.
I take great encouragement from this reminder that no matter what surrounds us, God is still God.
This pandemic and the economic outlook is an opposing dark enemy we are surrounded by. But, as the Psalmist wrote, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people” (Psalm 125:2). God is still with us and for us.
God, please open our eyes to what YOU see. Open the eyes of our heart to see with faith. May our faith in Jesus be like a chariot of fire that burns away the fear and transports us to the place of hope. Change our questions from what WE will do to what YOU want to do in us and through us. Amen.
Joannie says (Apr 21, 2020):
Amen and Amen. The enemy is already defeated. Our Lord is on the move.
Tom Pfaffenbach says (Apr 22, 2020):
Good one. Thanks