When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? 2Kings 6:15
He rose up quite early to put the car in a proper condition while carrying his master’s blazers. His master had told him the previous night that they will be ministering in three different cities the following day. He needed to check the water level in the radiator and probably take some gallons of extra water as the journey promises to be a long one. He wanted to also top the fuel level in the fuel tank to have a full tank. His master had reminded him to check if the tyres needed to be gauged and also carry some spare tyres in the boot of the car should there be any ‘flat tyre’ during the journey. He also needed to clean the car, clear the windscreen, check the headlights and the oil gauge too.
He was dashing out bearing in mind the urgency of the journey and all the things he needed to do because his master was already getting dressed to join him outside. But alas! He saw a terrifying situation that He didn’t know when he threw his master’s blazers to the ground. He saw the Syrian military detachment encamped around the city, he was paralyzed with fear. “No way of escape”, he mutters.
He was a new Personal Assistant who had only been with his master since Mr. Gehazi’s dismissal and consequently had little or no experience of the God of his master. He saw professional snipers take their positions on the rooftops of neighboring houses; the entrance and exit of their compound have been effectively covered by these snipers. The airforce with their fighter jets were hovering over their rooftop, numerous armoured tanks were parading their neighbourhood, and the SWAT with their state-of-the-art rifles were ready to charge in at the command of the major General. The Navy had all the surrounding rivers covered. In his entire career as a Personal Assistant, he had never experienced such.
In the midst of the precarious situation, he gathered all the courage he could muster and said to his master, “What shall we do”. He is well aware of the fact that they might just apprehend both of them. He knows he won’t be spared so he wanted to inquire from the master if there was any part he could play in their escape mission.
[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. 2Kings 6:16
His master said to him, “Fear not”. The Master acknowledged the fact that the sight of the military detachments is terrifying enough for his new personal assistant. In his master’s few years of doing business with God, he had seen God through him part the Jordan River, increase a widow’s supply of oil so that she could pay her debts and live normally, enable a barren woman to have a child and then bring the child back to life after its dying, multiply loaves and grain to feed 100men and also cause an ax-head to float. His master’s “Fear not” stemmed from the reality that God is dependable and ever-faithful.
“Fear not” was not enough to calm the personal assistant down. He shifted his gaze again to the Syrian Military Detachments. Every sphere has been fully covered – the SWAT, Navy, and Airforce fully on ground. He looked at his master once again to confirm if he actually meant what he just said. Alas! The master compounded his woes by saying, “those that are with us are more than those with them”. But the set of people he could see were against them, so he must have thought his Master was daydreaming.
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. 2Kings 6:17
The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha! He saw with the eyes of faith that sees the reality of the divine presence and protection. He saw invisible forces of the mighty angelic hosts. He saw innumerable spiritual armed forces with chariots of fire. With great excitement he shouted for joy, the divine presence that encamped around them had become a reality to him.
Many a times in life, we are faced with situations and circumstances that tend to make light of our faith. You hear the Pastor preach about your vast inheritance in Christ but your bills are staring you in the face. You feel so sick in your body but you look into God’s word and you see how Jesus himself bore your sicknesses and diseases. Your friends are calling you ‘broke-ass nigga’ but you know you are the seed of Abraham. The ‘faith’ business looks like a façade. You are facing the heat of the fire and the waves of the storm and it all looks like God’s word is just a collection of stories and all that the ministers of the gospel do is just to excite you. You see what God says about you in his word but you are feeling something contrary in the world.
Elisha didn’t rule out the fact that he was encamped by the Syrian military detachment. But he said, “Those with us are more than those with them”. His language was, “I know that, but I know something more”. I know the Syrian detachment have mounted heavy ammunitions, but I also know that the mighty hosts of angelic forces are with me. In essence, he was saying, “Greater are they that are with me, than they that are with them.”
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. 1Jn 4:4
Elisha boasted about the company of hosts of Angels but greater than the host of angels is the one that indwells you now. You are a carrier of the fullness of God because Christ is in you. Dwelling in you is the sum total of the divine perfection, power and attributes that God has. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in you. You have God’s ability abiding in you. The God who parted the red seas with the blast from his nostrils, who destroyed the power of the flames when those three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace is not just with you but in you. He is the God of all ages. All his mighty angelic forces are for you. You are a victor in the face of all your adversaries.
There are two forces – the one in you and the one in the world; and the one in you is greater than the one in this world. Cultivate an awareness of the Greater one in you. This along with communication and fellowship with Him develops a closer relationship with Him.
You have a greater force at work in you. A force greater than the sublime forces of nature put together.
Greater is the solution in you than the situation around you.
Greater is the wisdom in you than the complexities of the task you face every day.
Greater is the love in you than hatred and bitterness that is in the world.
Greater is the Spirit of truth in you than the spirit of deception in the world.
Greater is the victory in you than the failures and setbacks in this world.
Greater is God’s thoughts towards you than what other people think about you.
The one in you is mightier than the conspiracy around you.
Greater is the Spirit of Christ that is in you than the spirit of antichrist that is in the world.
The God in you is mightier than Satan who rules in the hearts of people of this world
The one in you is greater than any problem, difficulty or anything you will ever face.
Resist any contrary thought the enemy might try to place in your thinking. This is the reality, embrace it and live in the light of it. Meditate on it and speak it.
Faith is the affirmation that wins – Tolulope Moody
Have a great week ahead!
*Details in this narration represent the fictitious imaginations of the writer