The Unseen Armies of God
The books of 1&2 Kings can seem to swim with the comings and goings of kings and battles and the other activities of humans. Years pass by and nations and kingdoms fall in a verse. This is the way life can sometimes feel — as if the flow of life and the tide of powers greater than you overwhelm you. We feel small and subject to forces beyond our control. We often have faith in God though we do not see Him at work around us.
Our reading today includes an an account where the mighty king of Syria sends an army with both horses and chariots (think of the Marines supported by tanks) to capture only the prophet Elijah. When Elisha’s servant sees the army he is understandably fearful. Elisha’s comments are important:
2 Kings 6:16-17 (ESV) 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 open 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.
Who is this army that Elisha’s servant now saw? These are the angelic armies of the Lord. In our soft and gentle view of God, it is easy to overlook that God goes to battle to protect His glory and His people. We do well for the sake of our own encouragement to be reminded that their is a significant portion of the battlefield between God and those who oppose His people that we do not see.
Do you know that God has armies all around you fighting for the good of His people? Whether He chooses to open your eyes to them or not, His armies are winning victories on your behalf daily. One day He will return with those armies in the clouds with great glory and the whole world will see.