“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. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.”
II Kings 6:14-18 NKJV
The adversary is surrounded
There are times when I feel as if being a devoted follower of Jesus has become very lonely. It seems that even some of my fellow saints have forsaken the Lord for other gods, ones of politics, of social justice, of conservatism, of anything other than the one true God.
The past few weeks have been filled with misunderstandings, personal attacks, and revelations of what some of those I have called brothers and sisters, truly believe. At the same time the world we live in appears to be spiraling out of control, as we are seeing the full fruition of societal godlessness, prompted initially by the rejection of creation. Humanity has begun to behave as animals, rather than beings made in the image of God.
As I look at the world, I feel utterly surrounded, burdened by the seeming reality that there are more people devoted to the devil, and that those who seek the Lord are threatened by a vast army of darkness.
Reading II Kings chapter six, was a great encouragement to me, as I was reminded that, though my eyes of flesh cannot see, the Lord has His vast legion surrounding those who stand in opposition, and protecting those who are His.
I am reminded by Elisha, that God has those working in the spiritual realm, that we are never abandoned. We often forget that we are not dealing with issues and people of flesh and blood, but supernatural issues. Because of this, we cannot rely on methods. We must lean on God, acknowledging that we are powerless.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:10-12 NKJV
If one looks upon the uncertainty of these times with eyes of flesh, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the crime, the injustice, and seemingly aimless descent of the world we live in. It is in embracing the spiritual realm, that which is documented in the word, that we can have the confidence of Elisha.
Brothers and sisters, we have been given the word of God, the written witness of what the Lord has done, and the promise of what He will do. We also have the testimony of God’s great work written on the hearts of born again believers, walking miracles, whose lives have been radically transformed.
Let us ask the Lord to open our eyes in these perilous times, that we be able to see the vastness of the plan of God, and the surety that He will complete what He started, just as He has said.
Every promise of God, in Jesus has been fulfilled. Because of that, we can know with certainty that all that He has promised will be completed. Jesus has told us that He would return, and we know that He will. He also told us that we would see our world corrupted as we draw close to the end, and alas, it has.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:4-8 NKJV
We know what is coming, but more importantly, we also know what is coming after that, the Lord Jesus is coming again.
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Matthew 24:30-31 NKJV
What we see now appears bleak, but pray the Lord open your eyes of faith, that you may have peace.
Have and glorious Sunday, Beloved!
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He is the God of peace, hallelujah! What a great focus Bernie! Thank you so much, my friend.
Philippians 4:9 (ESV) What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.