“For Thou has been my help, And in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy,” ~Psalm 63:7
© 2016 Lynn Abbott
My sojourn in this sometimes fear-fraught world parallels that of a cottage caught in a war zone.
And even though, my head reminds me that I am not alone, my heart finds it difficult to hang onto faith when night raids ensue.
Like Peter, I focus on the wind and the waves. I sink instead of stand.
I think, perhaps, that this was the case with Elisha’s faithful servant. Elisha had come under fire.
In 2 Kings, Elisha received a warning from God: the Israeli army should avoid a certain road since Syria planned an ambush.
When the Syrian strategy thus failed, the angry king looked for a scape-goat. Having learned of Elisha’s prophetic warning, the Syrians plotted to capture Elisha while he stayed in the city of Dothan.
Scripture records in chapter 6, “And he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.”
As darkness surrounded Dothan, the enemy gathered to destroy Elisha.
When the sun rose, Elisha’s servant went out to begin his day’s work. I can well imagine his terror when he saw a vast Syrian army encamped on the city’s doorstep. All hope seemed lost.
‘Alas, my master,’ he cried in fearful despair. “What shall we do?”
Elisha’s answer reminds me of God’s uninterrupted night and day watch: “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
If I had been there, I probably would have spewed my morning coffee. After all, as far as Elisha’s companion knew, it was he and God’s prophet against the world.
His look probably said it all because Elisha immediately responded, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”
Immediately, Elisha’s servant saw God’s invisible army on the mountains around; vast numbers of horses and chariots of fire stood ready to defend Elisha.
And God’s unseen guard protects you and me as well.