“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” – 2 Kings 6:16, NIV
The King of Aram was determined to capture the nation of Israel. He set an ambush and waited for the king’s men. Israel’s troops showed up…but they weren’t surprised by the attack. They’d been prepared for it, and they fought valiantly.
This happened again and again.
Finally, the King of Aram demanded to know which one of his troops was a spy for Israel. One troop came forward to explain that the prophet, Elisha, was warning Israel about these planned ambushes.
So, the King of Aram decides that he needs to kill Elisha and then his plans to ambush Israel will be successful. When he learns where Elisha is, he gathers his troops and surrounds the area.
The next morning, Elisha’s servant looks out the window.
He’s shocked to see so many troops and more than a little afraid. Elisha sees his servant’s discouragement and utters a bold prayer.
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17, NIV)
When you’re facing discouragement, it can be easy to focus on what you see—the hardened heart of your spouse, the rebellious streak in your child, the persecution received from others because of your faith. But just as there was a Holy army around Elisha, there is one around you, too.
You are not walking into the battle alone. You are backed by the “Lord of Heaven’s armies.”