When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17 (NIV)
When Elisha was in the city of Dothan, the king of Aram sent his army to capture Elisha and bring him back to him. Why? It seems that Elisha kept warning the king of Israel of the king of Aram’s plans and this enraged him. He obviously thought that if he captured Elisha he would be able to continue his war against Israel. But he hadn’t counted on God’s intervention.
Elisha’s servant had a typical reaction when he saw the city surrounded by the king of Aram’s chariots. He too hadn’t counted on God’s intervention. However, Elisha reminds his servant that ‘… those who are with us are more than those who are with them’. After Elisha prays the servant sees what has been there all the time. Interestingly, Elisha knew what had been there all along and this gave him confidence in the face of trouble.
Scripture says, If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 (NIV). What confidence does that give you?