On God’s Side

Nowadays, people are talking about war and everyone has an opinion. When a leader wants to attack another nation there must be meetings with his military leaders. They will plan out strategy, time lines and placement of troops, weapons and things of that sort.  Success depends on keeping all these discussions private. The US World War 11 idiom comes to mind: “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships.”

Imagine after all that careful planning that you execute your carefully planned attack, and you find the enemy somehow found out and was nowhere to be found. Imagine, that happened to you repeatedly. You would think that there was a spy in your organization. And that is exactly what this king thought.

One on his men knew about the ministry of Elisha. He told the king that what he said in his bedroom, Elisha would tell the king of Israel. The King of Syria decided he had enough and he was going to eliminate this Elisha.  So he sent his army to capture this man.

Early in the morning, Elisha’s servant saw the army surrounding them and he became afraid. Elisha was not afraid because he had confidence in the God he served. 2 Kings 6:17 NLT says, “Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.”  There were more with them than against them.

Sometimes we make that same mistake. When we are surrounded, we look at the number of those against us. In those times, read Isaiah 41:10. It says, Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

The next time you feel overwhelmed because of what is going on around you, don’t fear. Ask God to open your eyes of faith so that you can trust Him to deliver you from the hands of the enemy.

Thought for Today: Friend, with God there is victory.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory. 

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