Bible Story: Angels Surround Elisha
Reference: 2 Kings 6
Prophet Elijah’s helper, Elisha, became God’s prophet after Elijah was taken to heaven by God’s horses and chariots of fire. Prophet Elisha did God’s work of teaching the people about God, helping people who were sick or in need, and warning the king of Israel against disobedience and his enemies.
One enemy of Israel was Benhadad king of Assyria. He wanted to invade and destroy Israel. Each time Benhadad tried to ambush Israel’s army, prophet Elisha would tell Jehoram king of Israel how to move and stay safe. The Assyrian king became very angry when he found out how prophet Elisha was helping the king of Israel. “Find that prophet!” Benhadad demanded of his servant.
The king of Assyria then sent his army to surround the town of Dothan where prophet Elisha stayed. A young man quickly ran to prophet Elisha. “Oh no! The Assyrian army has surrounded us, Prophet Elisha! What will we do?” the young man exclaimed. “Don’t worry,” said Elisha calmly, “Those with us are more than those with them.” The young looked around and wondered, who?
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord open his eyes that he may see.” When the young man opened his eyes, he gasped. Behold, the mountains around them were full of horses and chariots of fire.
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, Hebrews 11:1,2, in which Paul explains, “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” (ICB). Even though we can’t see God, He is still there. Even though we can’t see His angels, they are there. Even though we can’t see the devil, he’s real, too. Faith is trusting God to help us even if we can’t see the answer right away. It is believing the promises in God’s word are true for you. Elisha prayed for the young man to have eyes of faith. Will you?
Dear Father God, Open my eyes that I might see You working in my life and all around me. I know You are real. In Jesus’ name, Amen