Meditations on “Fear Not”: 13. Right Perspective
2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
I have to confess that this is one of my most favourite stories in the Old Testament. Elisha is a man of real revelation, and he has been helping his king: “The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.” (2 Kings 6:9,10) Understandably, “This enraged the king of Aram” (v.11) who enquires and finds out what Elisha has been doing, so sets out to capture him at Dothan (11-13) and we read, “Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.” (v.14)
Now Elisha has a servant who gets up the next morning and goes up on the city walls and is scared silly when he sees the city is entirely surrounded by the enemy army and runs and tells his master. It is this point we find our verse above. Now I suspect the servant, at this point, might be a little confused and so Elisha prays, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (v.17) The story doesn’t end there but I’ll leave you to look it up if you are not familiar with it.
Here is the point: Elisha knew that he was surrounded by all of God’s resources, His angelic army and they were there on his behalf. That was the reality of that situation. Are you and I aware of the realities of our situation. Let’s consider some of them.
First, God has said He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5) He IS with you now this minute, whether or not you feel His presence. Second, He is there on His business which is to work in your life to bring good to it and that good means changing you into the likeness of Jesus: “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Rom 8:28) and He does that so that we may “be conformed to the image of his Son”, because we are, “predestined …called …. Justified …. glorified.” (v.29). Wow! Third, His presence is always with us because we are now indwelt by His Holy Spirit and so we, with the apostle John, should remember that, “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 Jn 4:4) Now all of that is about the Lord, His purposes and His presence and we haven’t gone near the resources that Elisha knew about so, fourth, we should also remember the Lord’s angelic forces, described as, “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb 1:14) Now we are probably not aware of their presence but, we are told by God, they are definitely there.
Now just in case you need a couple of bonus truth to counteract the lies from the enemy that either God isn’t on our case or doesn’t have the resources for the job, may I remind you (and recommend they are memorized) of the following: “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber …. The Lord watches over you.” (Psa 121:3,5) and “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary.” (Isa 40:28) Hold the truths of this study and be secure in what they tell us. Amen? Amen!
With that, I think we will bring an end to this short series, for in earlier studies I made reference to God’s redemptive work and I believe we should move on to consider that next.