When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (NLT)
So much depends on perspective. We might be facing a terrible life situation. Our response is shaped by our perspective. Do we focus on the admittedly real threat, or do we focus on the strong help available to us through the power of God?
In our text today, Elisha’s servant understandably took one look at the enemy and panicked. Elisha didn’t deny the enemy’s presence. But he discerned another more powerful reality. God was not going to abandon them to the enemy. As it turned out later, the enemy was defeated. Not by chariots of fire but by cunning misinformation conveyed by Elisha. God uses all sorts of means to win his battles.
We can so often forget that there are angelic hosts and ‘chariots of fire’ around us. We are so often blind to these invisible spiritual powers, falling for the lie that the only realities are material realities. Elisha echoes the New Testament words reminding us that if God is for us, then those against us are on the losing side.
We are engaged in battle, but very often with invisible forces. So we do well not to forget the invisible armies which fight with us and for us.
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