Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 6:8 —23
The God that we serve is “All-knowing.” He is “All Powerful” and “Majestic!” Nothing is new to Him. In Amos 3:7 the scripture says, “Is there anything that shall happen to my Saints without first telling the prophets?” Just as God reveals the plans of the enemies of our soul before they launch their offensive, so was the secret plans of the Syrian king against Israel revealed to Elisha. In V.9 of our reference today the scripture says, “Then the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you did not pass this place, for there the Syrians have come down.” The secret war plans of the Syrians were placed daily before Elisha by the Lord; and when he found out that he (Elisha) was responsible for this, he vowed to kill him. But the scripture says, “Touch not my anointed and do my Prophet no harm.” Beloved, Elisha had no need to be afraid because he was under the heavy protection of heavenly angels. The king of Syria like the enemies of our souls mobilized his chariots of army to march against the servant of the Lord. When Elisha’s servant saw the troops, their horses and chariots roundabout them, he exclaimed: “Alas my master what will we do?” Prophet Elisha was not perturbed because he was certain that the Syrian soldiers around him were incomparable with the number of fully armed soldiers of heaven sent by God to defend him. To calm and re-assure his servant he prayed that God may open his eyes. When this happened he saw, “. . . . And behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”(V17b).
Beloved in Christ, today the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our minds to know that an unseen spiritual realm exists, consisting of a host of ministering angels active in the lives of God’s people. Hear Prophet Isaiah, “In all their afflictions He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them. He was turned to be their enemy, and thus he fought against them.” (Isa. 63:9) Listen to these: Not only is God for His people (Rom 8:31) he also has commissioned the armies of His angels to standby, ready to defend the believer and His kingdom. “His angel guards those who honour the Lord and rescues them from danger.” (Ps.
34:7) Prophet Elisha had this knowledge; hence he prayed, “Lord I pray thee open his eyes that he may see . . . .” (V 17)
Beloved in Christ, why are you scared? Do you not realize the enormous love and faithfulness of our God towards you? He watches over you, and can never abandon you or allow you to be swallowed up by the enemy. We shall continue tomorrow!
Sir 48: 1-4. 9-11; Ps 80: 2ac and 3b. 15-16. 18-19 (R. 4); Mt 17: 9a. 10-13 ADVENT WEEKDAY
- Take a worship song in praise of God.
- Make this declaration seriously: I know that You will answer me Lord, each time I call to You. I know that You will give me relief from my present distress (name them.) You will have mercy on me for I belong to You, hear me when I cry. I know that You will grant peace in my family, in my place of work and as it concerns my spouse and children. I know Lord that You are always walking and staying with me.(Feel His presence around you now and promise to always remain His faithful servant).
- Ask the Lord to intervene in the life of all who are unjustly deprived their rights in their places of work and family.
- Pray for all suffering on account of their faith in Christ Jesus.
Exercise: Encourage someone with today’s reflection.
Memory Verse: Rom. 8:31