We Are More Than We See
“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” 2 Kings 6:16 KJV
The Syrians made war with Israel in the days of Elisha. However, whatever plan of attack they devised against Israel, God would reveal it to the prophet Elisha and he would make it known to the king of Israel, thus thwarting the plans of the Syrian king. So, the king of Syria set up his camp in a certain place with the intent of attacking Israel from that vantage point, but Elisha knew of it and warned the King of Israel to avoid that place. So, the King of Israel sent men to the place to stake it out and to remain there being watchful for the movement of the Syrians.
Realizing what had happened the King of Syria demanded to know who among his people was informing the King of Israel of their plans and their encampments. But, one of the king’s servants told him, it was not one of his men, but it was Elisha the prophet in Israel to whom God was revealing every plan of the Syrian army. And Elisha was in turn informing the king of Israel. So the king of Syria inquired where Elisha was so that he could “send and get him.” [2 Kings 6:13]
So when he found out that Elisha was in Dothan he sent “horses and chariots and a great army by night to surround the city.” Early the next morning when the servant of Elisha woke up to find that the city was surrounded by the Syrian army, he panicked and said to Elisha, “Alas my master what shall we do?” [2 Kings 6:15]
So Elisha answered him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” [2 Kings 6:16] Then Elisha prayed to God 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.” What he saw was the mountain “full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” [2 Kings 6:17]
These horses and chariots of firewere the presence of the hosts of Heaven, the angelic armies of God. And the Syrian army, no matter how great it appeared to the prophet’s servant at first, now paled in comparison to the majesty and power of the armies of God.
The Syrians could not see the armies of God. Only Elisha and his servant could see them. Now as the army of the Syrians began to advance on the city, Elisha prayed again. This time he prayed that God would strike the Syrian army with blindness. Notice the contrasting prayers. For his servant, Elisha prayed that his eyes would be opened so that he could see into the invisible realm of the spirit. Then he prayed that the Syrians would be struck with blindness to not be able to see in the natural realm the things that could be seen.
So God “struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” [2 Kings 6:18]
Being blind the Syrians were easily persuaded by Elisha that they had come to the wrong place, but he could lead them to where the man whom they were seeking could be found. But he led them instead to Samaria to the place where the Israeli army was camped. Then Elijah prayed again that the Lord would open their eyes that could see. And God did open their eyes and they saw that they were captured by Israel and they had no escape.
Now having the Syrian army captive the king of Israel inquired of the prophet, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?" [2 kings 6:21]
But Elisha said, no. They are defeated and can no longer do you harm, so give them food and water and send them on their way back to their master. So they prepared a great feast for them and after they ate and drank he sent them on their way back to their master, and the Syrian raiders never again sought to invade Israel.
In the midst of the changes going on in our culture today and the many ways the traditional values of the Scriptures are being challenged, deliberately misinterpreted and dismissed by so many, it would be easy to begin to think that we Christians are part of and ever-shrinking minority with ever diminishing influence in the world near and far, especially among those 35 and younger who are moving into positions of leadership and control of the systems of government and the communication of information. It would seem to appear that there is a great chasm separating us from them in this Post-Christian era where the world is becoming more secular and ungodly every day.
But be encouraged. We are not alone. The angels of God are encamped all around us and those who are with us are far more than those who are with them.
Whenever we stand firm and unwavering on the Word of God, all the hosts of Heaven are standing with us. God is with us to strengthen us and help us, and uphold us with the right hand of His righteousness [Isaiah 41:10]. Jesus is with us because He has promised never to leave us or forsake us, even to the end of the world.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20
And the Holy Spirit is with us because He has been sent to abide with us forever. [John 14:16]
Also the angels of God have been sent forth to minister for us who are the heirs of salvation.
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:14
So, when the madness of those of the world seems to be growing ever more irrational and threatening, just remember they are just a vapor in the wind. Their words are empty and devoid of power. Though they strut about in their pride, arrogance and self-aggrandizement now, filled with lies and foolishness, they will come to no good end. Righteousness shall prevail and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof.
Behold! We are surrounded by the glory of the presence of God, Our Father, Jesus Christ Our Savior and Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit now and forever. AMEN