Angel Armies


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.

2 Kings 6:15-19

It is occasionally worth a reminder that we are not alone. There is a world we cannot see, but God is in control of it. The Army of the Lord is mighty and many and surrounds us on all sides.

The army was there to protect Elisha. The King of Syria had come and sent his army down to capture Elisha. Elisha believed, but his servant was nervous. So Elisha prayed for him that he might see and he did see.

Just as important is what happened next. When the army from Syria came down to capture Elisha for the Syrian king, Elisha prayed that they be blinded. God blinded them. Elisha led them then to Samaria before the King of Israel who captured them.

But Elisha commanded that the King of Israel “not strike them down.” Rather he was to “set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.”

Elisha could have called down the army of the Lord to destroy the Syrian army. It was there and ready. But instead, Elisha led them to bread and water and release from captivity. He brought about peace through his actions, not war.

Sometimes we should be reminded that there is an army of the Lord ready and able to destroy God’s opponents, but often, instead of praying for destruction, we should try to lead the enemy to the bread of life and living water that they too might have release from the captivity of their sins.

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Erick Erickson
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