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Chariots of fire
Pastor Mark Jeske
by Pastor Mark Jeske
September 27, 2019

Gehazi, servant to the prophet Elisha, had no difficulty seeing his problems. Ben-Hadad II, the evil king of Aram, had sent an entire company of infantry with chariot support to surround the town of Dothan and seize Elisha, whom he blamed for passing military secrets.

As Gehazi looked out early that morning, he must have assumed that it would be the day of his death. “‘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” (2 Kings 6:15-17).

Classic military strategy is to isolate and overwhelm the enemy with vastly superior numbers. Satan and his demons knew that strategy long before military textbooks were written. He whispers to us that we are alone and friendless, that no one must know of all our problems and failures, that resistance is futile, that his forces rule the universe, and that no one will ever come to help.

In fact, those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Your faith in Christ connects you to the might, wisdom, and compassion of the Almighty God himself. You cannot see the legions of angels at work for you behind the scenes.

But Satan can.