When You’ve Got Them Outnumbered

When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?
Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes and let him see”. So the LORD opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.   2 Kings 6:15-17 HCSB

The king of Aram had been trying to set up camp to wage war against Israel. But God’s prophet Elisha had been informing the Israelite army of the Aramean army’s location, so they had been able to avoid them. This enraged the king of Aram, and he sent a massive army to surround Elisha and kill him. Our Scripture passage is what happened when Elisha and his servant awoke to find this massive army had surrounded his home during the night.

I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty of times in my life when I felt like I was outnumbered. It felt as though this massive army was coming against me and it was more than I could take. I felt overpowered. Have you ever felt that way?

I love how Elisha responded here. He knew God was with him and he knew that no army was more powerful than God. It didn’t matter how many soldiers had come after him, God’s army was bigger and way more powerful. He told his servant not to be afraid. Then he prayed for God to allow his servant to see God’s army.

There have been times when I have prayed about a situation and I can’t say I saw chariots of fire and soldiers surrounding me, but I certainly felt God’s presence. I knew He was there, and He would protect me from whatever came my way. I knew He would bring me through this situation.

As Christians we are not promised to never face an enemy. We are not promised that a massive army or multiple armies won’t come against us. But we are promised that if we choose to accept Christ as our Savior, He will be with us. He will protect us. The worst an enemy can do is kill us. For a Christian that means they are sending us to heaven, so really that’s the best thing they could do for us.

In Matthew 10:28, Jesus said, “Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus warns us not to fear mere mortals but have a reverential fear or awe of Him and what He can do. We must remember who fights for us. In Romans 8:31, Paul said, “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

My friend, whatever trouble you are facing may seem unsurmountable but never forget we serve a God who is bigger than any problem or fear we will ever face. Trust in Him always. You may not see His massive army of angels that surround you, but they are there.

We are told in Psalm 91 that if we choose to live in God’s shelter, He will protect us. In verses 11 and 12 it says, “For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

No matter what army or armies you face, know that God’s army is bigger and more powerful. When God’s army fights for us, we’ve got them outnumbered.

Have a great day!