As soon as my cat, sitting at my feet, senses I am drifting back to dreamlike snoozing when I should be getting up, she walks back up to awaken me. I’m 99% sure there are angels armies and cat corrallers everywhere in the unseen realm of heaven’s warriors around us. I think the angel then tells the cat to sit, as I return to scripture reading and writing (especially in the chapters about angel armies). The cat then sits until she is summoned by angels (or by hunger) to move on – and/or back to moving me, so that I move on with my day.
Angel armies surround us, ready to battle evil (and sleepiness) and simply to get us from here to there. God has us on a journey not a jungle gym of life simply to keep us busy while we wait for Jesus to return. God wants us working His fields – planting seeds and working for harvest. God needs us to know what we don’t see, feel assured of His provisions, and maintain our cool in the attacks of the day. Elisha saw chariots of fire in the revelation that God showed him. When Elisha the prophet knew of these, he knew when NOT to fight because of fear, but to stand down in freedom of protection. TO HAVE FAITH!
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he (Elisha’s servant] may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Fierce enough to stand down. Free enough to free.
Prophet Elisha was informed by the Lord of the movements of the king of Aram preparing to fight the land of Israel, and this frustrated the king of Aram, so he called upon an army of his Arameans to target the prophet, surround the city where Elisha was. Instead of fighting the battle, even though there were plenty of resources in the heavenly realm to overcome that army, Elisha asked the Lord to blind the army (temporarily) until he could lead them out of town. It was a trap but more of a snare. Then instead of slaughtering them in their vulnerable state, he instructed the king of Israel to feed them! The army perhaps realized GRACE as well as the unbelievable relocation into another land. All must have feared and respected the God working with Elisha – helping Israel to survive. The Arameans were allowed to leave peacefully and the Arameans did not invade the land of Israel’s king (and Elisha) again. Peace by no bloodshed but the power of God.
Are we free enough to stand down from fighting and have mercy on our enemies? Are we strong in the Lord enough to lead our enemies away from a battle and thus preserve our walk and those of the followers around us? We don’t defeat them, we save them too.
We too have the power of God protecting us from ultimate death so can we day to day pick up the mercy and grace and provide for our enemies who are led astray by commands of evil forces. Can we become wiser warriors, following God and knowing He is in control, rather than be worry warriors, following scarry sights? Acting as if we weren’t in God’s Hands.
We are free enough to be fearful or faith-like. Let us choose FAITH.
Let us pick up our crosses, not our crossbows. Because the Lord has led us, we can lead others – even our enemies.
Let us serve each other and thus serve the Lord. Let others know us by our LOVE.
God’s got this.
2nd Kings 8
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
“None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
“Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”
“Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.