God is our Defense
Category : General
2 Kings 6: 16 (KJV)
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
It has been justly said, that a servant of God is immortal, till his work is done. He will indeed be exposed to many dangers; and probably to more, in proportion as his zeal is exercised in the service of his Lord: but the promise made to Jeremiah is fulfilled to every faithful champion; “They shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee.”
The prophet Elisha eminently experienced this blessed truth. He had been enabled by God on different occasions to reveal to the king of Israel the plans which the king of Syria had laid for his destruction. The king of Syria at first thought that his plans were all betrayed by some confidential servant of his own: but when he learned that they were revealed by God to the prophet Elisha, he determined to destroy the prophet; and for that end he sent not a small band, such as had failed in apprehending Elijah, but a large army to besiege the city wherein he was. This was effected with such rapidity, that the city was encompassed before anyone suspected that an army was near: and Elisha’s servant, conceiving that the enmity of the king of Syria was chiefly directed against his master, was filled with despondency; taking for granted now that no possible method of escape for him remained. But Elisha knew that God was his protector, and therefore bade him dismiss his fears, assured that, whilst he had the Creator on his side, he need not feel the smallest anxiety, though the whole creation should be against him.
He was concerned to remove the fears of his servant, and impart to him the same satisfaction and peace of mind he possessed himself in this time of extraordinary danger; for good men desire not only to be easy themselves, but to make those about them easy. All those whose faith is strong, ought tenderly to consider and have compassionate on those who are weak, and of a timorous spirit, and do what they can to strengthen their hands. What the servant saw of the defense of Elisha was but a glimpse of what is true of every servant of God in every time of danger. Angels always encamp round the godly. We cannot see spiritual battle lines, the hosts of ministering spirits, but they are round about us. We cannot see Christ Himself beside us, but He is always there, “closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet.” These are the realest things in the universe. Other things are only shadows, but God and His angels are eternal realities.’
Let us remember, no plots can avail against the one whom God is defending. We think the prophet’s servant was needlessly alarmed, and that he showed small faith. But are most of us any better? We get frightened very easily when anything seems to go wrong. We forget the Divine promises and the Divine defense, and say, “Oh my Lord, what shall we do?” quite as fearfully as this young man did there at Dothan. We need to think of our own weak faith while we talk about his.
From this story we may learn a lesson of great encouragement; and that is, that the Christian has more friends than foes in his daily warfare. For his life is a warfare. ‘Fight the good fight of faith’; ‘Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ’; ‘Put on the whole armor of God’.
Have a great and godly day!