And when the servant of the man of God 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? So, he answered, do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 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 6:15-17 (NKJV)
The King of Aram had declared war against Israel. You would think that when a person declares war over a people, it should instill some fear in them and send them into panic. But what disturbed this King the most was the fact that prophet Elisha was always a step ahead of his plans to attack Israel. So, he sent large troops of soldiers to capture Elisha so he wouldn’t be able to help Israel win the war against his nation. In that circumstance, Elisha was clearly surrounded and as a powerful prophet that he was, could have prayed to God to rain down fire and brimstone on this army! But he kept his peace because he knew that the Chief Commander of the Host of the Armies of Heaven was surrounding him.
Sometimes, it looks like the situation caving in on you is stronger than the presence of God. But if you will just be like Elisha who prayed to God to open the eyes of his servant to see the presence of God and the chariots of fire, you will be at peace. You may look like you are surrounded by pressure, by pain, by mockery, by scorners, by failures and so on – but I want to tell you that you are surrounded by the Most High God! For this very reason, celebrate and worship God and bask in His peace! Have a restful weekend!
Confession: I am aware of the presence of God and His angel armies. I shall not be afraid! I will only keep my peace.