Our world is in chaos, and with the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that same-sex marriage is now legal in all fifty states, it would seen that we have entered the bottomless spiral towards hell-on-earth. While gay-rights advocates lit up the internet with their celebrations, conservative Christians also lit up the internet with their moans, groans and dire predictions for the future. Isn’t God still on His throne and reigning supreme?
Almost three-thousand years ago, Elisha the prophet was faced with a similar situation. Because Elisha had warned the king of Israel about the king of Syria’s invasion plans several times, so that the king of Syria’s plans were thwarted, the king of Syria placed a bounty on Elisha’s head. We pick up this story in 2 Kings 6:
Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” 9 But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.
11 And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” 14 So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please ropen his eyes that he may see.” So 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. 18 And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. 19 And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. (2 Kings 6:8-19)
It certainly would be scary to wake up and discover that you are surrounded by a hostile army bent on your destruction, but Elisha saw something that his servant didn’t see, that they had “divine–bodyguards“, the Army of the Lord. God still had work for Elisha to do, including delivery Israel from the Syrians.
Imagine waking up to find that you are surrounded by a company of Marines, but when you step outside your door, they are frozen in place. None of them even moves a muscle, and when you walk up to the company commander and tell him that they are in the wrong place, his troops mount up their vehicles and depart to parts unknown.
Even as we see our world seemingly spiraling out of control, we need to heed the words of Elisha:
He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
We need to rediscover what Elisha knew almost three-thousand years ago, that we serve a great and awesome God, and that NOTHING, not even a Supreme Court decision, catches Him by surprise or off-guard. He is fully-prepared for anything and everything that may come your way, and He has it all under His control. Are your eyes open?
What are YOU afraid of?