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Posted by John Smith on September 21, 2012

2 Kings 6:16 NKJV  So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

 Imagine waking up in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee, and just before you enjoy that first sip your neighbor bursts in screaming that the whole block is surrounded by soldiers, commanded and determined to capture you at any cost.  Sound unlikely… perhaps, but it would a pretty nerve rattling experience to say the least.  Still, that is what happened to Elisha.

You see, the King of Syria had been planning attacks against the King of Israel, but the Elisha the Prophet kept hearing from heaven what the next plan was and warning the King of Israel so that it would be of no avail.  The King of Syria didn’t appreciate that too much and sent a great army (2 Kings 6:14) to go capture him.  They surrounded the place where Elisha was staying.  Early in the morning  Elisha’s servant opened the door and stepped outside for some air or to fetch breakfast for Elisha and sees the entire city surrounded by the Syrian army sent to capture Elisha.  In a state of panic he rushes to Elisha telling him of their doomed state.  Yet, Elisha is not moved to fear or panic in the least… Instead he calmly says, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.

You see Elisha knew a reality that superseded their circumstance.  Elisha had a promise from God.  A promise that he had faith in.  Elisha believed God.  I don’t know what Scriptures Elisha had been studying but without a doubt he believed a Word from God.  Perhaps…

 Psalm 68:17 NKJV  The chariots of God are twenty thousand, Even thousands of thousands; The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.

or

 Psalm 91:7-9 NKJV  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.  (8)  Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.  (9)  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

 Regardless, it was Elisha’s faith in God’s Word and the character and nature of who He is that enabled him to calmly respond to his servant and see through the fearful circumstance.  It is your faith in God’s Word that will allow you to see beyond your circumstance.  Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  You CAN grow in your faith so that the next time a fear inducing situation comes your way, you can be just like Elisha and FEAR NOT!

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