How Many Horses and Chariots Can You See?
Feb 21, 2011 by Helene Dallaire | 0 Comments
There is deep darkness on the face of the earth. Political, social and economic conditions around the world are unpromising. Conflicts abound, political tensions are rising in many countries, human rights are being violated, poverty is increasing, human suffering is intensifying and spiritual darkness is being felt deeply. Such is the picture the media is painting for its hearers and in many ways, such are the realities of our world. According to some, there seems to be very little hope for the future.
“Where is God?” some ask. “Is He aware of our plight?” “Is He passively waiting for the destruction of mankind?” “Will He intervene in due time?”
Over 2, 500 years ago, a prophet named Elisha said to his servant: “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them!” (2 Kgs 6:16). But when the servant peeked out the window, all he saw was a large Syrian army with its multitude of horses and iron chariots. Turning to the prophet, he started counting: “One, two!” Peering a second time out the window, he thought to himself: “The pressure must be too great for my master. He is now unable to count!” Calmly, Elisha prayed: “Lord, open his eyes that he may see.” Suddenly, the servant saw countless horses and chariots of fire appearing on the horizon and at that very moment, he knew that once he was blind and now he could see. God was there all along!
If the story were to end there, it would be victorious but greater still are the events that follow! The prophet Elisha prays for God to bring blindness on his enemies. Now unable to proceed forward on their own, the Syrian military men who had originally intended to kill the prophet and his servant are led by Elisha to Samaria, to a place where the prophet orders: “‘Set bread and water before them that they may eat and drink and go to their master.’ So he prepared for them a great feast; and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians came no more on raids into the land of Israel” (6:22-23). What an amazing example of divine retribution! As Paul said to the believer in Rome, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (12:20-21). Yes, the world is in chaos and the enemy seems more numerous than we are, but with the Lord’s help, we can overcome evil with good one deed at a time, one day at a time for ‘more are they that are with us than with them!’ Can you see God’s army with its horses and chariots of fire? “Lord, open our eyes!”