• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 23, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 6-8

II Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

As it was in Elisha's day, so it is today. Because they that be with us are more than they that be with them, we should Fear not. He was in Dothan and the king of Syria, Ben-Hadad II, sent an army to arrest the prophet. The king's great company of horses, chariots, and warriors came upon Dothan at night, surrounding the city. Being confident in their great number, these soldiers knew they would apprehend the troublesome man of God the next day.

In the morning, the servant of the man of God observed this great army and became very much afraid. They were surrounded, how could they escape? Probably with much fear and trembling the servant notified Elisha of their perilous predicament. The man of God confidently told his servant: Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. Then he prayed and asked the Lord to open his servant's eyes. God did and the servant saw the army of the king of Syria, who surrounded Dothan, surrounded themselves by an army of celestial warriors, horses and chariots of fire.

Notice, the celestial army was there before the servant's eyes were opened. Also, the servant's physical eyes were already opened, but his spiritual sight was blinded. Additionally, Elisha (as far as this story is recorded in Scripture) saw neither the army of Syria, nor the army of the Lord, but in faith he knew they were there.

Today, the same is still true. There are more with the children of God than there are with them. Think about it like this. Purely spiritually speaking, if the interpreters of the Bible are accurate and one third of the angels followed Lucifer, there are two thirds of the angels still loyal to God Almighty. The number of angels may be innumerable, but the ratio will always be the same, one third versus two thirds. Yes, those that be with us are more than those that be with them. Because of this, we can Fear not. Fear is a weapon of war used by the enemy to terrorize God's people.

The phrase Fear not is used 62 times in our Bible, 14 times in the New Testament. Of which it is exclusively used by angels or Jesus when given for the purpose of divine instruction. Fear is an all-too-common enemy that can only be minimized by spiritual insight. The best way to see unseen spiritual truths is to maintain a healthy diet of reading, obeying, and meditating on the Word of God. All the while asking the Lord to open your eyes to the truth of His power, provision, and protection, which are all divine, meaning they are invisible to the physical eye.

Until tomorrow, see Christ by faith today.

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