September 09, 2016 0 Comments

Sorry these articles (blog postings) have been missing the past two weeks. I have been working around the clock on the book manuscript "Strength For Today: A Daily Bible Study Guide". Here is another "sample" from the book--a preview of its contents. This is the one from June 14th on the life and ministry of Elisha.

“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” (II Kings 6:17).

Every time the Syrian army made plans to attack a certain city in Israel, Elisha told the king where they would be invading. He was able to do this, of course, because God gave him supernatural revelation as to the movements of the Syrians. The king of Syria was so upset about the “intelligence breach”, that he thought sure one of his own men was feeding information to the enemy. But one of his servants told him: “Elisha the prophet, who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom” (6:12). Elisha was the first C.I.A. operative in history, and his intelligence briefings saved many towns in Israel from being attacked.

So the Syrians decided to go after Elisha, and found him in Dothan. There, the entire Syrian army surrounded the city. When Elisha’s servant woke up one morning and looked out, he saw the Syrian army there on the hills with their horses and chariots. He cried out: “Alas, my master, what shall we do?” Have you ever been in a situation where you felt trapped by threatening evil forces, with no escape? Have you cried out to the Lord, “what shall I do?” It was at this moment that Elisha answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them!” His servant must have thought Elisha was crazy. Thousands of Syrians against the two of them?

Then Elisha prayed and asked the Lord to open his eyes so he could see the unseen spiritual world of angels. And when his eyes were opened to see the “invisible” realm, he saw the mountains filled with horses and chariots of fire all around the Syrians. Ironically, it was not Israel that was surrounded by the Syrian army at all. It was the Syrian army that was surrounded by “God’s army” in mighty and glorious array. There are but a few times in the Bible that God pulled back the curtain and allowed someone to view the vast invisible, unseen angelic “host”. What a sight it must have been!

And so the next time you feel helpless, trapped, surrounded, besieged by life’s problems, remember Who is in control. God is greater than any earthly force or power. God is stronger than your strongest enemy. Oh, if only you could see what you can't see--those beautiful chariots of fire!

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.