More for us than against us!
Scripture Reading for April 11: 2nd Kings 4-8
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you were outnumbered and under-equipped? I recently spent time with my father who is 89 years old and a veteran of World War II. He enjoys telling stories about his time in the service of our country. He was drafted in 1941 and spent 4 years in the Army as a messenger and driver for the officers of the Third Armored Division. He went ashore a few days after D-Day on Normandy beach and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He recently told me how he was driving an officer out in the front lines away from the company when he suddenly came upon a German tank. He did a u-turn before his officer passenger could say a word and beat a path for the cover of his company. As he topped a hill, a shell landed behind his jeep but he soon passed one of his own tanks who covered him. These memories are still vivid for my father who knew what it was like to be in enemy territory and out-manned! However, there were more for him than against him that day!
In today’s reading, Elisha and his men are cutting trees to enlarge the building housing the company of prophets. Church growth brought the need for expansion then, too! As they were cutting, the borrowed axehead flew off and fell into the water. Elisha cut a stick, threw it into the water, and the axehead floated to the top. There was more for them than against them!
Next, the Arameans were angry at Elisha, who was warning the king of Israel about their plans of attack. They found out Elisha was staying at Dothan, and came at night and surrounded the city with soldiers, horses and chariots. Elisha’s servant went out the next morning and saw the great army and came back to Elisha alarmed. (2nd Kings 6:15) Elisha prayed that the servant would be able to see the forces on their side and his eyes were opened to see more for them than against them! (2nd Kings 6:16-17)
As this enemy approached, Elisha prayed again to the Lord to strike his enemy with blindness and God answered. He then led this army to Samaria to the king of Israel and then prayed to open their eyes. God again answered! There is more for us than against us!
A great lesson to learn today is this wonderful truth that remains true for us! Thankfully, God is no respecter of persons! God answers prayer and responds to faith. Elisha, under the direction of the Spirit, could see the unseen realities of God’s power and provision. He prayed for his servant, and the servant could see as well! Do you need fresh vision today? Why not ask the Lord to open your eyes!
“And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened his servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2nd Kings 6:17