The six months before I got married, I lived in a small one bedroom apartment by myself. This was the first time I had ever lived all alone. I either had lived with my parents or had at least one roommate. I liked the freedom, but to tell the truth, at night, I was very anxious by myself. I kept the television on to sleep. The only channel I was able to receive, with the antenna, was a channel that played soft music and displayed nature pictures with Scripture written within the scene. I came to love that channel.
After I got married, my husband moved into my one bedroom apartment. Hoping that would relieve my anxious feelings, I soon found out that my husband started feeling the same way. One night, we both woke up from having nightmares at the same time. My husband then took charge and led both of us around the room, praying over each window and door. He then read the following passage from Scripture. This has become one of my favorite passages. I often turn to it when I need comfort. Please open your Bible to 2 Kings 6: 14-17.
Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
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.
In this passage, the King of Syria was making war against Israel. God allowed the prophet Elisha to know where the Arameans was planning to attack. With this knowledge, King Jehoram was able to fortify the cities against attack. When the King of Syria found out that it was Elisha who knew of his plans, he planned to capture Elisha. So, the King of Syria sent forces to Dothan, where Elisha was residing at the moment, and encircled the city. This is where the passage picks up at, inside of Dothan with Elisha and his servant.
What a terrifying view for the servant of Elisha. I can only imagine how his heart must have rapidly beating and maybe even sweat forming on his brow. Fear was definitely gripping him. How about Elisha? Fear was lost to him. He knew something that the servant did not know. He then prayed that God would open the young man’s eyes to the reality that he did not see. The young man then looked and saw the whole mountain full of horses and chariots!! Indeed, they were well protected. I can just imagine the sigh of relief that entered the young man’s lungs.
There is a reality that is not visible to us, yet we can know of through God’s Word. That night in my apartment with my husband I felt those angels around us, protecting us from the enemy. As children of God, we are protected from the enemy. Does that mean bad things will not happen? No, but we do not have to fear any longer. We are totally in God’s control.
I love this passage dearly. I have now been reading and reminding my children how God’s protection is with us. What a great reason not to fear!!