I was reading in 2 Kings this morning (2 Kings 6:8-23) . It is a story about Elisha and how he advised the King of Israel where to go to keep him in safety. This made the King of Aramea mad. He sent men to find Elisha and capture him, but when they showed up, the tables were turned on them. Elisha’s servant was scared, but Elisha prayed for the servant’s eyes to be opened. The servant was then able to see the horses and chariots of fire in the spirit realm that were all around them. Then Elisha prayed that the Arameans would be blinded and they were. Then Elisha led them to Samaria where their sight was recovered. Then they fed them and sent them back to where they came. They never tried to raid Israel again.
There are 3 things about this story that struck me.
The first one is verse 16. It says, “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
He said this before praying for the servants eyes to be opened. It is a reminder that we don’t need to be afraid, because God is fighting for us. We are not alone in the battle. When things look bleak, then we know that God is with us. It can be hard to see it sometimes, because we don’t see the horses and chariots of fire in the natural realm, but they are there, ready for us to speak the word, which is God’s Word, The Bible. So it is important that we know what God’s Word is so that we can say it.
The second thing is that Elisha prayed and it was so. We can be this close to God also, if we spend time with Him everyday. We do this by reading the Bible, praying, acknowledging that He exists, singing/listening to praise music, sitting and waiting to see what God has to say back to us.
The third thing that struck me is that the enemy never came back and tried to raid the Israelites. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). The enemy will realize we aren’t going to give in and he will go away.