2 Kings 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elisha the prophet was the nemesis of the king of Assyria. This hater of the people of God sought to wipe them out militarily, but the problem was that every time he planned some attack, God would reveal to Elisha both when and where it would take place. Naturally, the king was suspicious of his advisors and thought that one of them was a traitor. But he was told that the culprit was the Jewish prophet Elisha! Bent on killing him, the angry king sent a large army to the place where Elisha and his servant were staying. Elisha’s servant arose early one morning, only to see this incredible army surrounding the city with one purpose – to kill Elisha and no doubt him as well. He asks Elisha now what? It looks like our proverbial goose is cooked. Elisha then tells him, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” And then Elisha prayed, “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” All that Elisha’s servant saw was what the natural eye could see. But when God opened Elisha’s eyes, “he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” He saw! He saw that there is a realm, a kingdom that is invisible, but more real than that evidenced by our five senses.
Beloved, you may be facing some very ominous matters today. There may be those who are plotting to harm you, or who are determined to make life miserable for you. There may be a medical or financial or vocational fear of some sort that is robbing you of peace. May the God of Elisha open your eyes to see that “if God be for (you), who can be against (you)?” (Romans 8:31) May your eyes be opened to the fact that God has sent forth ministering spirits your way this morning to minister for them who are the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). Best of all, your Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ is with you. Fear not dear one; walk by faith and not by sight. Like Elisha, his servant, and Moses, you can and will endure today as you fix your eyes on Him Who is invisible. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (Isaiah 26:3,4) Selah