They That Be With Us

Elisha, a prophet of the Old Testament, did a lot of amazing things. Some of my favorite stories from the Old Testament are centered around him. This is one of them.

The king of Syria decided to make war with Israel. He made plans on exactly how to place his army. Elisha, being a prophet of God, was aware of these plans. In fact, he literally was able to hear the king make his preparations. Having this knowledge, Elisha decided to warn the king of Israel, telling him where the Syrian armies would be so that Israel’s armies could have the advantage. When the king of Syria realizes that something is up, he suspects that someone from his own side is a betrayer. They inform him that there is a prophet named Elisha that has been hearing him make his plans and therefore relating those plans to the king of Israel.

2 Kings 6

13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

Elisha’s servant wakes up and sets out, probably to do chores of some kind. To his surprise, he finds a portion of the Syrian army surrounding them. Naturally, he becomes a bit upset and goes to tell Elisha, basically asking, “What’re we gonna do!?”

Now this is why Elisha is so awesome. He’s not afraid at all, and he answers his servant,

16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, 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 round about Elisha.

Elisha tells his servant to not be afraid because the guys that are backing them far outnumber the Syrian army. He then prays, asking the Lord to open his servant’s eyes. The Lord does so, and the servant sees the mountain full of a heavenly army.

We all have “chariots of fire round about” us. Ways in which the Lord is blessing us and protecting us. We need not fear. When we exercise our faith in Jesus Christ and obey His commandments, they that be with us are more than they that be with them. “Them” is the world. “Them” is anyone or anything that makes us fear, or makes us our doubt our faith in the Lord.

I invite you to look for the “chariots of fire round about” you in your life. I know they are present in my life and I know they are present in yours. We only need to pray and, like Elisha’s servant, have our eyes opened so that we may see the blessings and safety that come from trusting in the Lord.


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