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January 10, 2018

This morning while reading about the old prophet Elisha, I had an interesting thought.  I wonder, just how much rearranging God does behind the scenes to help true believers avoid peril.

          I am guessing quite a lot.  We fret from time to time but just how often are we besieged by calamity?

          We will never know in this lifetime of course, just how much interference the Lord is running on our behalf.  Even so, I am convinced that based upon God’s Word, we are being guided and protected far more than we realize.

          Now, back to Elisha!  The scene opens and the king of Aram is at war with Israel.  If you read my blog yesterday, you may note that this is the same king that Ahab and Jehoshaphat stirred up because of their pride.

          There was peace in the valley and those two decided to go to war with the king of Aram on a whim, to get some land back that they didn’t need in the first place.  The ripples of this idiocy are still cascading all over Israel when Elisha comes on the scene.

          Note: Don’t start a war because of pride and arrogance.  Also, don’t start a war that you cannot win.

          Anyhow, the Lord sent word to Elisha that the Arameans were camped out at a specific location and Elisha relayed this information to the king of Israel, helping them avoid yet another beat-down.

          But, this made the king of Aram as mad as a wet hen.  He began to rant and rave that someone in his cabinet was spilling the beans so as to help Israel from becoming ensnared.

           But one of his men said, “No, my master, dear king. It’s not any of us. It’s Elisha the prophet in Israel. He tells the king of Israel everything you say, even what you whisper in your bedroom (2 Kings 6:12 MSG).”  

          This made the king of Aram boiling mad.  He’d put a stop to this!

          By the next day, the king of Aram had Elisha’s house surrounded by soldiers, horses and chariots.  Elisha’s servant saw this mighty army and had a heart attack right then and there.

          The young man exclaimed, “Oh, master! What shall we do (2 Kings 6:15b MSG).”

          Unfazed, Elisha responded, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side (vs 16 MSG).”

          The servant looked out and could see absolutely nothing.  This did not inspire confidence.

          Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.”

          “The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw!  He saw a wonder!  He saw the whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha (vs 17 MSG)!”

          To put a finer point on things, the Lord had sent a vast army of heavenly hosts to build a hedge around Elisha and his servant, thus protecting all of Israel.

          And, there is an even finer point to this story.  No blood was shed.  The Lord blinded the Arameans and led them to a city in Samaria.

          You will never believe what the Lord managed to pull off:

          “So, he prepared a huge feast for them. After they ate and drank their fill he dismissed them. Then they returned home to their master. The raiding bands of Aram didn’t bother Israel anymore (vs 23).”

          The Lord did not slaughter the Arameans.  It was God’s plan all along to repair the damage that was begun by Ahab and Jehoshaphat. 

           God restored peace to the valley.  God fixed what those two kings had broken!  

          I say again, I wonder, just how much rearranging God does behind the scenes to help true believers avoid peril.  Maybe our stance should be simply to trust and obey.

          And…rein in that pride!  And, don’t try to fix what is not broken.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.   So, shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:8 & 11 KJV).

          Trust and obey.  There is no other way!  To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.



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