16 “Don’t be afraid,” Elisha said, “because there are more of us than there are of them.”
17 Then Elisha prayed, ” LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and fiery chariots surrounding Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:16-17 CEB
Sometimes it feels like we are outnumbered! There seems to be more hateful, negative, and evil people than there are righteous people. There seems to be a deluge of negativity on the news with no higher ground to stand to receive good news. In the midst of all this negativity there is a promise from God: “There are more with us than there are against us!” But where are they at?!
Elisha was a prophet who was so in tune with God that he could hear what the enemy was plotting in his bedroom against Israel’s king. He would warn the king of ambushes. When you are in tune with God he will send warning before destruction.
The enemy found out that Elisha was blocking his plan. He sent a strong army to Elisha’s house. When you are a threat to the enemy he will send a strong army to your house.
Elisha’s servant went out and saw the army and panicked! He ran in the house and said, “We are surrounded! What are we going to do?!” I can only imagine the fear he had seeing a large army surrounding the small house. Nowhere to run, no where to hide. Have you ever been surrounded?
What should we do?
- Don’t be afraid. Huh? Did you hear what I said? We are surrounded by the enemy and you say, “Don’t be afraid?!” Elisha knew a reality behind the visible reality. He knew that F.E.A.R. was False Evidence Appearing Real. As believers we know of another reality behind what we see.
- There are more of us than there are of them. When you look at the news it would seem that there are more mean-spirited people than there are compassionate people. The problem is that the negative people get more airtime. There are more with us. We just don’t see them. Jesus said, “Greater are those that are with us than those that are in the world!”
- Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes that he might see the help!” When the servant opened his eyes he saw chariots of fire in the hills surrounding the army of the enemy. He saw God’s army!! If we are going to make it through this sea of negativity we are going to have to use our spiritual vision and not just our sight. We need insight and foresight.
Not only did God open the eyes of Elisha’s servant but he also blinded the enemy. When you walk with God he will blind those who oppose you. He will deliver your enemy into your hands. But when he does it’s not for you to kill them but to feed them!
When Elisha led the army to the Israelites the king asked, “Shall I kill them?” Elisha said, “Did you capture them or use your weapons to defeat them? No! So feed them and let them go!” Wow! God will hand you your enemies for you to feed them and not kill them. When you return kindness for evil to your enemies you have the chance of winning an ally. Being kind to your enemies is like throwing hot coals upon them.
We will not overcome evil with more evil. We must overcome evil with good. To do so takes night vision. Open your eyes! There are more with us than there are with them.
Open the eyes of our hearts so that we can see you high and lifted up. Show us a glimpse of your army. Show us the righteous remnant that has not sold out. Show us the help you’ve sent to bring us out! God we are ready to stop walking in fear and start walking in faith. We are not fearing any man, for we have been to the mountaintop and seen the promised land and we as a people will get there. We walk by faith and not by sight!
In Jesus’ Name,