In Club this week, we are talking about Elisha & the Army of God his servant saw surrounding them from 2 Kings 6. I know I say this alot, but this has always been one of my all time favorite OT stories!
There was a king who had been trying to attack Israel for years & every time, God would reveal it to Elisha who would turn around & warn Israel & they’d avoid the trouble by going another way. When this evil king found out it was Elisha “ruining his plans”, he went after Elisha to kill him. Elisha was found at Dothan & the king had his place surrounded. Elisha’s servant was understandably shaken. “What are we going to do, Elisha?!” Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes…” When the servant looked up, he saw the hillside around Elisha filled with God’s horses & chariots of fire!
Elisha asked God to strike the enemy army blind & He did! I love this part… Then Elisha led the enemy (like a shepherd leads a bunch of sheep) to the Israelite headquarters, parading them right to their king! The whole army!! As soon as they got to the Israelite king, Elisha asked God to give the enemy army sight again. He did. Can you imagine how those soldiers must have felt “waking up” in front of the enemy king? The Israelite king made a feast for the enemy detainees & sent them back home to their king. “After that, the Aramean raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.”
Wow! Everything about that story amazes me except the part where the servant was scared.:) Elisha was never afraid. Everything Elisha asked of the Lord, God did. That same army of protection surrounding Elisha surrounds us! Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Then the fact the Israelites treated the enemy well & sent them home, and that they didn’t attack again… Humiliation? Awe? Whatever; it worked.
Lessons to learn:
God is always with us. Matthew starts out “…and He will be called Immanuel, God is with us” & ends with Jesus saying “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” I was struck this Easter season of how, when Jesus left this earth, we were given the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in His last words to the disciples (John 15 & 16) how He had to leave them, but the Comforter would come & it would be so much better for them! Jesus could only be with us in bodily form for a few years, but the Holy Spirit lives inside us when we receive Him & He never leaves!
We fight a spiritual battle, but “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) We have that same mighty army surrounding us that Elisha had! Open our eyes to see it, Lord! Make us aware of the real battle instead of trying to fight these battles in our flesh. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
We can trust our God! He is in charge & complete control of the situation even if we can’t see it. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3)
Lord, I pray You would remind us of this story when we feel so scared of what our enemies might do to us, whether that enemy is another person or Satan. Remind us that you have a great, vast army surrounding us! Remind us that You are in complete control. Remind us that You never leave us. Thank You for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit. Give us Elisha’s faith! Thank You for his example. Amen