I am the kind of person who worries about things way more than I should. I tend to let the smallest things affect me in big ways. Sometimes I find it hard to cope with that when going about my everyday life and these things come upon me. It’s almost like the feeling you get the day before you get sick. You can feel something coming over you just enough to make you uncomfortable but you aren’t throwing up yet. That is like the anxious feelings I get during these times.
In 2 Kings 6:8-23, Elisha gives a perfect example of how we should act in situations like these:
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.
The line “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them” gets me every time. To think about the fact, no matter what the situation or the circumstances, there is always more for us than against us. I think that is something hard to comprehend yet so powerful once we do! Here we read of just how faithful and trusting Elisha was of the Lord. Even when he was completely surrounded by the enemy, he did not fear. He did not fear because he knew that he was surrounded by God. A God who is bigger, better, stronger, more powerful, and more loving than the enemy coming against us could ever be.
So in my life, I try to think of this any time I feel surrounded by my stress, my pain, my doubt, or my worry. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your surroundings and want to give up. It is the ones who choose to keep moving, because they know their God is bigger, who can overcome any tough situation.