The God of Angel Armies

ElishaAhh, the promises of God!

  • ·        He loves us.
  • ·        He forgives us.
  • ·        He will never leave us.

If these things were ever true, then they are always true, because God is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is with us, whether we feel his presence or not.

Second Kings 6: 15-17 recounts a dramatic episode in Elisha’s life. The King of Syria sent an army to surround the prophet’s city and take him captive:

When Elisha’s servant arose the next morning, he saw that an army, complete with horses and chariots, had surrounded the city. He panicked, saying, “Oh no, my Lord, what shall we do?” 

Elisha, however, was calm, and answered, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  (At this point, the servant probably wondered where Elisha got that idea, as they seemed to be alone.)

Then Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed, “Strike these people with blindness.” So the Lord struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

Elisha led the sightless enemy army right into the courts of the king of Israel, where he asked the Lord to give them back their sight. (Can you imagine their surprise?)  Instead of killing the enemy soldiers, the king fed them and sent them home. Then the Bible says, “the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.”  Wise choice! Who would go up against such a powerful God?

Even when things looked hopeless to Elisha’s servant, he was surrounded by the Lord’s protection. So are we, and we honor God by declaring that what he says is true, regardless of what we see or feel. The Lord and all he does is good. When we doubt his provision, we imply that he doesn’t know our needs or else doesn’t care about them. Surely none of us would choose to indict him in such a way.

We must dare to abandon ourselves to the power of the Lord Jesus, choosing to say, “I trust my Lord.” Today’s choice to trust will make tomorrow’s easier, and eventually reliance on our Lord will become our natural response.

 

(This entry relies heavily on the writing of Hannah Whitall Smith.)

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