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Battling The Enemy With God On Your Side

John Collins06/05/2012
2 Kings 6 describes how Syria was battling with Israel, and the king of Syria planned to make his camp before the children of Israel.

Elisha sent word to the king of Israel, warning him not to pass through that area to avoid the Syrians.  The king sent a spy to the area, and was saved from a vicious battle.  This happened more than once.

The king of Syria was furious that the children of Israel had changed their path, and gathered his servants together.  "Show me which one of you is warning the king of Israel!" he fumed.  

"None," they replied, "but Elisha the prophet tells the king of Israel every secret plan you make."

The king of Syria commanded his spies to find Elisha, and when they did, he commanded his armies to surround the city and take Elisha by force.  When Elisha's servant rose early in the morning and saw the armies around the city, he ran to Elisha to ask what they should do. 

Though there were only two of them, Elisha told the servant not to fear.  He said that those that were with the two of them were greater in number than those that were with those armies of Syrians.

Elisha then prayed that the servant's eyes be opened so that he could see.  God opened his eyes, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Through prayer, Elisha had command of the army of the Lord's chariots of fire.  He prayed unto the Lord for God to strike the people with blindness.  God did as Elisha prayed, and Elisha told the blind armies that they were not headed in the right way.  He asked the Syrians to follow him, and he would bring them to the man they were looking for.  And he led them to Samaria before the children of Israel.

As soon as they entered, Elisha prayed for the Lord to open their eyes, and God did as Elisha prayed.  The Syrian armies found they were in the midst of Samaria.  As soon as the king of Israel saw the Syrians, the king asked Elisha if he should kill them.

Elisha answered that they should not strike them down.  He asked the king, "Would you strike down a surrendered people that you captured by the sword?"

Instead, Elisha told the king to prepare a meal for them.  The children of Israel prepared a great feast.  When all were filled with food and drink, Elisha sent them away and they went to the king of Syria.

And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When the odds are against us, do we think we are outnumbered?  Do we think we are alone in our battle, or do we realize that the armies of God are on our side?  When we are up against our adversaries, do we strike them down or do we treat them with kindness and respect?  Do we use God for our shield, or do we try to take matters into our own hands?