Do You See Victory or Defeat?

Today’s Reading
2 Kings 6-8


“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Psa. 27:3).

Far too often, we find ourselves fearful in a time of trouble. This happens when we find ourselves in the middle of a situation in which we had rather not be — one that threatens our very well-being. As we read in 2 Kings chapter 6, the servant of Elisha once found himself in such a situation. Syria had been searching high and low to capture Elisha the prophet. When Elisha’s location was made known to the king, he sent his army to the man of God. In the dark of the night, the Syrian army surrounded Elisha and his company. When morning broke, Elisha’s servant lifted up his eyes and was overwhelmed by the threat of Syrian soldiers, horses, and chariots! The panicked servant rushed to tell his master about the trouble they were in and asked the prophet of God, “What shall we do?” (2 Kgs. 6:15).

Elisha’s response to the fearful servant reminds us that God’s people are not given “a spirit of fear” (2 Tim. 1:7). When we trust in God and walk by faith, then we have reason to be courageous in even the most desperate of times (Rom. 8:31; 2 Cor. 5:7; 1 Jn. 5:4). Elisha quieted the alarmed servant by saying, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kgs 6:16). Now, this was not the way the servant saw it, but that was the way that things actually were. We know this because of what Elisha does next. Faithful Elisha prayed to the Lord to “open” his servant’s eyes so that “he may see” (2 Kgs. 6:17). What we read next is remarkable.

“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” (2 Kings 6:17).

This fearful young man was given a glimpse into another world — a world in which the angelic armies take up arms and fight for the people of God! The thing that makes this such an amazing story is that this heavenly host was already there even before the servant was given the ability to see it! This is why Elisha was not worried, and this is why we today should not fear in the face of opposition.

Yes, our opposition abounds. But Christian, do not fear! Almighty God is on your side! Lift up your eyes and see His salvation!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psa. 121:1-2).

About Barry Gilreath

Barry is the pulpit minister of the Macland Road Church of Christ.

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