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Week 48 More Than You Can See
September 10, 2013
More Than You Can See
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered.
“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
- 2 Kings 6: 16
In the old Testament, there once lived a prophet by the name of Elisha and he was a man of God whom everyone turn to for help. He was well-known among the land as so did Elijah whom he succeeded. It was him who assisted Elijah doing the work bestowed upon the old prophet. He was his helper and one chosen to be just like his master. He is someone who can be easily remembered among the prophets as he has a distinct characteristic that can be fun to remember. It was said by the prophet Samuel that the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Indeed, God looks at the heart. He sees what’s inside you more than what’s outside. When the Lord called Elisha for service, he was looking at his heart that even though he had no hair, it wasn’t a big deal. A nice trivia will it be for everybody to know that he is a bald prophet. You can only imagine how people can easily recall him from afar due to this. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair when Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. And it was a time that set the beginning of his service to the Lord.
Now, there came a time when the king of Syria went to war against Israel. He made plans to set up camp in various places in the land. He commanded his servants about his intentions keeping it a matter only they have knowledge of. To have their action known to the Israelites would not give them a distonct advantage. They thought that the king of Israel would not be aware of it. They had high regards of it being in a favourable outcome however it didn’t came to be that way. There was someone who would tell the king of Israel about this. Even though Elisha was far from them, he was the one who would tell the king to take caution about going to such a path. The field that he may be walking or passing by might not spell a pleasant turn of events. The Syrians may just be around the corner by which they seek to see their downfall. By Elisha’s warnings, the king of Israel was saved many times preventing disaster to fall upon them.
With these, the king of Syria took to account the things which have been happening. He sought out by whom among his servants have been disloyal to him. He wanted to know who has been keeping the king of Israel from going to the paths by which they intent to catch him. It could only be among his subjects as what he thought. He was troubled of this that he asked, “Will you not show me who is for the king of Israel?” and among those who have heard of his words, one interrupted; “None, my Lord, O king but Elisha the prophet that is in Israel tells the king of Israel the words that thee have spoken in thy bedchamber.” It was then that the king of Syria was cleared out of the speculations lying among his men on who might be doing displeasing acts to him. And so he ordered his men to fetch him as they have gotten information that he was in Dothan. By night, a company of men by the Syrian army was sent and there were many horses, chariots and a great hosts. They surrounded the city that normal life was seized for the meantime of those inside.
Morning came and as Elisha’s servant was going out, his attention was catch by the multitude. In seeing this, he quickly went inside. He was afraid of the situation that he told Elisha of this worriedly. But, Elisha replied, “Fear not” she said. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And so, Elisha prayed to the Lord that his eyes may be opened.
Upon this, he saw and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire.
Though it wasn’t visible to a normal person’s eye, the Lord was watching closely upon Elisha that he have brought about horses and chariots of fire to where he was currently staying. A great number have filled the land and it was more than that of the army sent to find him. He have made it in his way to walk through not what he sees but by what is true which is faith in the Lord.