Chariots of Fire
“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16–17).
The prophet Elisha had been warning the king of Israel where the Syrians were hiding, and the king of Syria thought there was a spy in their midst, only to be told a man of God kept warning the Israelites.
The Syrian king sent his army to bring Elisha back, and they surrounded the city of Dothan where Elisha was staying. Elisha’s servant went outside and saw they were surrounded, and Elisha told his servant, “Do not fear.” Then he prayed for God to open the spiritual eyes of his servant, and when He did, the servant could see that there were even more angels surrounding them than the Syrians.
When we live our lives by what we see and what we hear, chances are we will live in fear because the world is full of negative reports. Just watch the evening news; see how many positive stories they run each night compared to the negative ones. When we walk by faith, however, we do not have to live in fear. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us we are to walk confidently, and to do this we must “walk by faith, and not by sight.”
Do you feel trapped by your circumstances? Has the enemy surrounded you and your house? “Do not fear, for those who are with (you) are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16). God’s angels outnumber Satan’s by a 2:1 ratio according to Revelation 12:4. Most importantly, regardless of the ratio, God versus Satan is no contest.
There is a best-selling “how to”-book out there that tells you how to walk by faith. It also gives you all kinds of promises that are guaranteed by the author. The best part: the Author put it in writing, and the Guarantor covered it with blood. So next time you feel outnumbered and overwhelmed, pick up the book, and you’ll see the good guys win in the end.
Prayer: Today, I will walk by faith and not by what I see! “If God is for (me), who can be against (me)?” (Rom. 8:31, NIV). Lord, open my spiritual eyes so that I can see that those who are for me are more than those who are against me. “I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4, NIV). In Jesus name, amen.