Have Courage


   While Israel was at war with Syria, Elisha, the man of God prophesied. He informed the King of Israel that the Syrians would be in “such and such a place,” so that the Israelites could set up an ambush. This he did more than once, and it began to vex the Syrian king. So the king found Elisha and sent horses, chariots, and a great army there. The army encompassed the entire city of Dothan, and Elisha’s servant arose early and went out where he was taken aback by what he saw. He hurried inside to inform his master and said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” Then, confidently Elisha made this statement of faith, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then He prayed that his servant’s eyes would be open. Then the Lord opened his eyes and he saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (II Kings 6:8-17.) 


   It is time that we fearful servants open our eyes and see that those who are with us are more than those who are with them. No, we are not assured that a great physical army will protect us from harm, but this should not discourage us.  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…but against the rulers of the darkness of this age.” (Ephesians 6:12) We are at war with the Devil, but we should not fear, for we have been given an arsenal of armor and powerful weaponry. (Ephesians 6:13-17.) Have faith in this, and there is no reason why we should not be brave just as Elisha was when he stared death in the face. Believe as Paul did when he said in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 


   I challenge you today to open your eyes and see the power you’ve been given. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation.” (Romans 1:16.)  Believe in it, obey it, and share it!