Sunday, March 21, 2021

Weekend Words

From Be Still and Know devotional...

            "And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."                    - 2 Kings 6:16

When Benhadad, the Syrian king, was waging war on Israel, his military secrets kept leaking out.  Learning that Elisha was responsible, the king sent his soldiers to capture him.  However, Benhadad failed to realize his schemes were nothing against a man who had an open line of communication with God.

One morning Elisha's servant discovered they were completely surrounded by Benhadad's army.  Frightened, he hurried to Elisha, saying, "Alas my master!  How shall we do?" "Elisha, WHAT shall we do."

To his surprise Elisha did not panic, but was completely undisturbed.  Elisha, having SPIRITUAL VISION, SAW the great INVISIBLE host of God around them.  Elisha said, "FEAR NOT, but they that be with us are more than they that be with them."  How ineffective where Benhadad's chances against a man who had the resources of heaven at his disposal.

Then Elisha prayed that his servant, also, might have SPIRITUAL VISION to see the invisible hosts.  "Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see.  And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and HE SAW: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire around about Elisha" (2 Kings 6:17).

Today we may be facing problems and situations that have no visible solution.  We may be looking at our problems with our physical eyes.  We may be crying out, "Alas! WHAT shall WE do?"  When our eyes are on our circumstances we panic.  When they are on God we are at rest.

We need to let God open our eyes of faith, giving us SPIRITUAL VISION.  By faith our inner eyes can see God's provision for us.  "FEAR NOT; they that be with You are more than they that be with them."  We may not see our way out of our problem, but we can trust God to encircle us with his invisible host in the midst of it.

With our physical eyes we see the enemy; with our spiritual eyes we see God's heavenly host standing ready to deliver us.  "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them" (Psalm 34:7).