I am in a battle. Well, aren't we all? There is never a season in life when we aren't battling something, right? It may be the littlest annoyance that keeps pestering away at us with no reprieve, or perhaps one of those "thorns in the flesh" that Paul spoke of which flare up throughout our lifetime. Either way, the battles are meant to draw us near to the Lord.
I was encouraged in my scripture reading this morning while reading 2 Kings chapter 6:16-17
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so 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."
In this section of scripture, an enemy king was coming after the prophet Elisha to kill him because Elisha was reporting to the King of Israel what the enemy king's plans were against Israel. The enemy king surrounded Elisha with troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. Elisha's assistant got up early in the morning and went out and saw the enemy king's oppression and hurried to inform Elisha. The odds seemed against them. They were surrounded by a great military force that set out to destroy ONE man of God. I think panic would be a good word to describe the assistant at this realization. Was he thinking, "I am going to get the heck away from this guy," and pack his bags to catch the next donkey out of town?
I appreciate the attitude of Elisha at this moment. In verse 16, he calmed the anxiety of his assistant immediately with the words, "Don't be afraid." I'm sure there had been other times throughout Elisha's ministry in which the assistant had watched Elisha do some incredible things under great pressure and tremendous circumstances. Drawing on the past experiences could have been enough to calm an anxious heart, but Elisha went one step further. He asked the Lord to show the assistant that which Elisha saw himself.... the visible army of God with horses and chariots of fire protecting and surrounding him in the supernatural realm! Ahhh, can you say sweet relief??
Believing that God is watching out for us and actually seeing it are two totally different experiences, but they offer up the same reality don't they? The reality in our lives should be that God is present, He cares for His people, and He most certainly does not abandon us in our time of need. He even goes one step further and has anticipated any need we have before we ever knew we had one. We may not have the privilege of opening our eyes and seeing the valiant warriors of God surrounding us, ready to fight our battles, and bring our enemy defeat. However, we can have faith that they are there! We can be assured, like Elisha, that those that are with us are more than those that are against us!
So, what ever battle you are facing today, whether great or small, rest in the fact that you are not alone in the trenches of your battle. God is with you and He's got your back! Now, be obedient to Him and let Him guide you through it. Seek Him for His wisdom and His alone.