“When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? Elisha answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” (II Kings 6:15-17)
The prophet Elisha had some incredible faith! He was Elijah’s protegé before God took him to heaven in a chariot of fire. Before he left, Elisha caught his mantle and received a double-portion of the anointing that Elijah had. Elisha walked in the double anointing too. He was fully confident in His God and in the Word of the Lord.
Elisha was with the other prophets building a house by the Jordan river when the Lord told him that the king of Syria was going to ambush the King of Israel. So Elisha got word to the king of Israel to stay away from that part of the country and he did. He listened to the prophet and he was spared from death repeatedly.
Naturally, the king of Syria was perplexed and angry that he couldn’t get to the king of Israel. He thought someone in his group was leaking information to Israel. They told him the Elisha was telling the king of Israel what he was saying in his bedroom! The king then set his sights on Elisha to kill him, so he sent his army down to his city and encamped around it in the middle of the night. A very large army. Very intimidating army.
Can you imagine looking out your kitchen window and seeing thousands of armed men looking back at you in hate? Elisha’s servant was intimidated–very much so! Elisha wasn’t–because he saw the armies of heaven encamped all around the camp of the enemy! What a sight to see millions of the angelic host on horses and chariots of fire surrounding your enemies!
Did the Syrian army flee because of the angels? No…they didn’t see them. They were fighting against the evil spirits involved in this attack. There is always a parallel between the natural world and the spirit world. The Syrian army started coming toward Elisha. “And when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, Smite this people with blindness, I pray You.” And God did just that. In the end, Syrians went home in defeat and did not come back to Israel after that. The people of God prevailed!
In these days where the news is filled with horrible, fearful news and images, it seems like our enemies are too big for us. Elisha had complete confidence in His God. He got that from the relationship he had built with him. Yes the anointing was there, but he still had to cultivate a relationship with the Lord. The Lord is calling His people into more and more intimacy with Him. When we get to the place where we can fully be confident in His protection, His provision, and His grace, we too can say confidently “more are they with us than with them.”