Outnumbered

2 Kings 6:15-16   15 When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do? ” 16 Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.” 

Do you ever feel outnumbered?  Do you feel like there is more going wrong than going right?  Elisha found himself in a situation where the king of Aram sent a large army to come and capture him.  His servant came to him and let him know that they were doomed.  There was no way out of this one, the servant thought.  But Elisha saw something that his servant didn’t.

 

This reminds a little of the old western movies where some lawless cowboys think they can take on anybody no matter what.  The setting is out in the wilderness somewhere, lots of sandy ground, with mountains all around.  Out of nowhere hundreds of Indian warriors appear at the top of the hills, some with spears, others riding horses.  Just when these guys thought they could not be stopped, a bigger army showed up.  Whenever my wife and I drive over to eastern Washington, we can almost envision the Indians taking their places at the top of the hills.

Elisha saw something even better – warrior angels.  He prayed and asked the Lord to show his servant what he was seeing.  Can you imagine having that kind of faith and that kind of spiritual vision that you actually see the armies of heaven standing by on your behalf?  Here’s the reality: they are there waiting to fight for you.  Not only is the One in you greater than he who is in the world; the One in you has reinforcement armies to back you up.  Did you know that you can ask God to send his angels to protect you, guard you, and fight for you? You can – and I have even know people (myself included) who have seen them.

When Paul tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces, this is the kind of stuff he is talking about.  You can be sure that the armies of heaven are greater than the plans of the evil one.  So run to His protection.  Ask Him to open your eyes and see that He is fighting on your behalf.  Elisha was delivered from his trouble and you can be too.  Who’s outnumbered now?

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