Watering The Tulips
November 14, 2012
“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” – 2 Kings 6:16
One of the greatest comforts for a child of God in this life is the confidence in knowing that we are in God’s care. No matter what may come our way, it never takes Him off guard. No matter what this world may throw at us, He is bigger than it is. No matter what may befall our lands and communities, our God upholds us. Those that are trusting Christ have a reason to go forward with much assurance.
In 2 Kings 6, the king of Syria sent an army to capture Elisha. The prophet had been giving the king of Israel information to save him from the Syrian army. So, logically the king of Syria looked to rid himself of that problem. When Elisha’s servant “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?’” (2 Kings 2:15).
Do we not often find ourselves in just such a time? How often have we found ourselves at the end of our rope? How often did the end look bleak? And we are tempted (as is Elisha’s servant here) to look at things from an earthly perspective. It is so easy to try and solve our own problems before ever seeking the help of God. We look at the problems in America and the world and dismiss that God has any real active part in our future. It’s not that we don’t believe it theologically. It may even be that we do finally practically grasp it. But, oftentimes, it’s not our first thought.
It’s so easy to assume that some man is going to “bring America back” or “bring America down”. Yet, neither of those can happen without God’s sovereign permission. Certainly, we are bound to do right. However, blessings pour down from Heaven – not Montgomery, AL…not Jackson, MS…not Washington, DC. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
Elisha saw the distress that his servant was in. He realized that his servant was looking at things from a purely earthly perspective. Elisha made the great statement of faith that we see in our text verse – “…Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. But apparently that wasn’t enough for the servant. “[So] 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” (2 Kings 6:17-18).
Children of God, let us never forget that our Heavenly Father is the greatest Father we have. His eyes see all that is going on and His hand of protection is on us. It is He who says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Take this moment to thank Him for His providential care that is over you.
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