. . . an army of horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord. so that he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6: 15-17)
It’s a natural reaction when big trouble is staring us in the face:
“What are we going to do?”
We see the threat with such awful clarity that it can completely obscure the supremacy of our battle position. In a panic, we try to figure out what we can do, instead of looking at what God is doing.
In this case, the king of Aram (modern day Syria) had come up with several plans to raid Israel’s territory. Each time, Elisha had frustrated those plans by warning Israel’s king in advance. After learning the source of the “leak,” an Aramean army was sent to capture Elisha. As he and his servant saw the army arrayed around them with no way of escape, the servant was terrified, but Elisha didn’t bat an eyelash. He knew he was backed by the army of God.
While God opened the servant’s eyes to His unseen army, He blinded the eyes of the Arameans. Elisha then led this enemy army inside the gates of Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel. Instead of allowing them to be slaughtered, Elisha had the king treat them as honored guests before sending them back to their own king. As a result, “the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.”
Under God’s guidance, Elisha gives us a model for dealing with enemy attacks. Depending on the provision and protection of God is our first line of defense. In the confidence and peace that flows from that, we may be able to lead those under the power of the enemy to our King and show them His mercy. It’s amazing how mercy and grace can defuse a situation, which it did in this case.
As Paul reminds us in 2 Cor. 10:4, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” When I am overwhelmed, surrounded by trouble on all sides, I can remember Who is always with me. I can ask Him to open my eyes so I can see His power arrayed against the enemy. That’s the eye-opener that brings peace to my soul. His strength enables me to face anything; His power destroys every enemy stronghold.
If He is for me, who indeed can be against me?