WE YOUR PEOPLE
Have you ever felt trapped? Maybe like you couldn’t escape your circumstance? Or a time the challenge in front of you felt insurmountable? Many of us may are feeling these things now in our current situation. It may be unemployment, fear, finances, health, uncertainty, worry, the list goes on. It’s not uncommon to look out at your challenges and feel hopeless. This is the situation we find Israel and Elisha in 2 Kings 6:8-23.
8 Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” 9 But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.
11 And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” 14 So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 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. 18 And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. 19 And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 21 As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” 22 He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.”23 So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.
I love verse 16. 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” No matter how daunting the challenge or circumstance is before us, do not be afraid. Why? Because those who are with us are more than those who are with them! The even better part? All Israel and Elisha needed to do to access this army was ask for it. 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. Interesting that the beginning of Elisha’s prayer sounds very familiar to a prayer we are praying daily at Central. “God open my eyes”.
Yesterday Central Worship released the music video for “We Your People” which was born out of this very section of scripture. The imagery in the video of God’s people declaring their need for God is powerful to say the least. In our very trying time right now may we do what Elisha did. Would we declare the lyrics of this song. “We your people sing, we your people bow, we your people need you now.”
We may feel surrounded, we may feel overwhelmed but God would you open our eyes to the army that surrounds our circumstances. Help us to see that those that are with us far outnumber those that are with them. God would you change the atmosphere because we your people need you now.