Chariots of Fire

“When a servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, a force surrounded the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What will we do?’”

— 2 Kings 6:15

As noted yesterday, Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, found out that Elisha the prophet was revealing to Israel Ben-Hadad’s inner secrets for attacking Israel. Ben-Hadad decided to capture Elisha.

So he sent a large group of chariots and horses and soldiers to take Elisha. First the spies tell him that Elisha is in Dothan, and they make a march by night and then the sun rises. That morning, a young man who is a servant of Elisha goes out to look around, and he discovers in the valley all around are the horses and chariots and enemy soldiers. He is filled with terror, with trembling.

How many times in our life do we exclaim, “Alas, my master! What will we do?” There was no escape. They were completely surrounded. There was no army there, no soldiers, just two of them. They were totally outnumbered. They were helpless.

But Elisha said, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than with them” (2 Kings 6:16). Then he asked God to open his servant’s eyes, so He did, “and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17).

Dear friends, if that concept really filled our hearts and minds it would literally change our lives—most particularly in the difficult places of life. With the eyes of faith, Elisha could say, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than with them.”

Sovereign Lord, we praise You that You know and see all. We ask that You give us strength for today to go about our lives with the assurance of Your sovereign watch over our lives. Forgive us for harboring secret fears and unbelief…