2 Kings 6:15-17New International Version (NIV)
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Sometimes fear gets the best of us. We are human, after all.
A couple of weeks ago, probably most of us sat glued to our news feeds as yet another terrorist cell created havoc and devastation, this time within our own borders.
For all you sheepdogs, I'm sure it was hard to watch. You felt helpless and perhaps angry that you were not there to help out your brothers and sisters in blue.
Many felt empowered, with a "let's do this" attitude. Let's take on these folks and redeem our country.
But then there are others who felt fearful. Questions swirled in your head...
"Will it come to my community?"
"Is this just another notch on the liberal agenda's belt in order to inact gun control?"
"Will my husband...wife...children...future, be safe?"
And even perhaps, "Will life as I know it cease to exist?"
As we look at the above scripture, we see another time when it seemed as if those ready to destroy were far more than those willing to stand.
The prophet Elisha's servant had gone out and witnessed the enemy's army aligning the hills, ready at the sound of their commander to totally annihilate anyone in their path.
To the servant, it seemed imminent that destruction was upon them. He immediately went inside and declared, "Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?"
Have you ever asked God that? "Lord...what should I do?!"
There are times when our fear gets the best of us. Its destructive forces come not from without, but within. Our minds begin to blow things out of proportion, distort, and block out any sense of truth.
Often, we see much more than is actually happening and jump reality for conclusions that leave us shaken and wallowing in despair.
Yet as we see, Elisha calmly and precisely met the servant's fear head on. He prayed to the One who was still on His throne and still in complete control.
"Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see."
Elisha knew that fear and doubt were clouding out the servant's heavenly vision. The servant needed a fresh touch of heavenly optometry.
At that moment, God opened the servant's eyes and "he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."
Can you just imagine the renewed strength this man had? The sense of overwhelming relief as his focus was now redirected from the enemy in the hills to the fiery angels that stood post. They would not be overcome!
Today, whatever may be causing you to shake with fear and apprehension, remember that you and I only see a minute piece of the entire picture.
God is still in control. He knows the outcome. And those that our with us are far more than those who oppose.
Have a good weekend!