God’s got you surrounded!
2 Kings 6:15-17
“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, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so 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.” NIV
The amazing adventures of the men and women of God that are found in the Bible are there for a purpose: to reveal the heart of God, to reveal the extent of His love and concern for us, to demonstrate His power, and to show us something of His ways. In this passage from 2 Kings, Elisha found himself surrounded by the army of Aram which had been sent to kill him. As Elisha and his servant slept, the army of Aram crept up upon them so that by morning they was completely surrounded. At the sight of the vast army of horses and chariots surrounding them, Elisha’s servant understandably panicked and grew fearful.
Elisha himself was not too concerned because he saw something his servant did not see – all around them were horses and chariots of fire! God was with Him. The army of Aram standing against Elisha was strong but the army of the Lord standing with Elisha was stronger.
What an incredible truth is revealed here – that God’s providence and protection is always with His people. You cannot read the Bible and not be impressed with God’s abiding commitment to protect and provide for His people. And least you think that this is only an Old Testament truth, 1 John 4:4-5 has this to say: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” With God, often the things you cannot see are more significant than the things you can see.
I know how easy it is to be overwhelmed by fear and doubt and worry when faced with difficult situations, but we need to remember that like Elisha’s servant we don’t see the whole picture. We can become so focused on the issue at hand that we lose sight of the fact that we are surrounded by the love of God, by the favour of God, by the grace of God, that God is at work somewhere in the midst of our situation.
How we need to ask God to open the eyes of our spirit so that, in the midst of impossible situations, we may see His truth, His promises, His power, His hand at work and understand that we are not alone, not helpless or at the mercy of our situation, that we can never be outnumbered because He that is in us is greater than they who are against us.
The real battle is not without because God already has that in hand; the real struggle is within – that good fight of faith to trust God, to believe that He is faithful, to hold on to His promises despite all the evidence to the contrary.
And because the One who is in us is greater than they who are against us, we can overcome everything that life throws against us, every situation, every circumstance, every challenge, every trial. We may be weak but He is strong. We may not know how things will turn out but we know that our God is at work, and for so long as God is at work, no situation or circumstance can ever be hopeless.
“Settle it in your heart…” (Luke 21:10)