Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“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.”┬áII Kings 6:16, 17

When Elijah was taken to Heaven, Elisha replaced him as the most influential of the prophets. When the king of Syria warred against Israel, Elisha provided information to the king of Israel that delivered them from the Syrians. The king of Syria then sent horses and chariots and a great host to surround and apprehend Elisha. When Elisha’s servant saw that the enemy compassed them, he was full of fear. In our Scripture, Elisha comforts his servant by telling him, “they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”

Elisha asked God to open the eyes of the servant. When He did, the servant saw “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” God had surrounded His servant with an angelic host that provided protection and assistance. Elisha knew that he could depend on God to care for him as he faithfully served the Lord.

Like the servant of Elisha, we often feel like we are outnumbered. As far as he could see with his natural eyes, the situation did not appear hopeful. But, Elisha did not depend on what his physical eyes could see. With the eye of faith, he looked into the unseen world, the world governed by the promises, power, and providence of God.

We must learn to look beyond our apparent resources and trust in the watchcare and wisdom of God. The world is definitely not for us. The devil is obviously against us. Even circumstances can be opposing us. But we rejoice in knowing that God is for us. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Not only is God for us, but so are His promises. No matter how much error seems to increase, truth will always be more powerful and will prevail. Also, God’s people are for us. Those who are truly the saints of God are supportive of the work of God and His people. Like Elisha, God’s angels also surround and protect us. Sometimes we need for God to open our eyes and let us see that there are MORE FOR US THAN AGAINST US.