” Friends in High Places” ( part 2)
Day 40 – “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”
‘And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. ‘ 2 Kings 6:17
This series of daily Bible notes ends for a time after the biblical fortieth day, in looking once again at the ‘Friends in High Places’ who protected Elisha and his servant. We have seen over these forty days how Elijah and Elisha, two unique individuals had a purpose in God’s plan. They showed character in the times of crisis in which they found themselves, and as such, they leave us with much to think about and follow in our own time of crisis today.
I believe that what we are shown in these verses should be a great comfort, as we are shown that no matter our circumstances, no matter even how we might feel; we are not alone. If we can take to heart Elisha’s rapid faith-filled prayer, we are shown that God’s help is indeed only a prayer away.
I read a story some time ago about a teacher who decided to travel across the USA to see the places that she had taught her classes about for many years. She set off in a 4×4 with a caravan in tow, when in rush hour traffic near Sacramento, disaster struck and the water pump blew. She began to panic, and being a Christian she prayed “Lord, please send me an angel, and preferably one with mechanical experience ! “. Within four minutes a Harley Davidson motorcycle roared up beside her, ridden by a large hairy man covered in tattoos. She froze when she saw the words on his leather jacket “Hell’s Angels – California”. Without looking at her, he flagged down a passing lorry to tow the truck and caravan off the freeway and started to work on repairing the water pump. He quickly finished the job, and as she stammered a quick thank you, he looked at her with piercing eyes and growled “Don’t judge a book by its cover. You may not know who you’re talking to.” With that, he smiled, closed the hood of the truck, and straddled his Harley. With a wave, he was gone as fast as he had appeared. Was this an Angel? Have there been times when we ourselves have not been helped and kept by these ministering spirits of God?
One of the Old Testament names for God is Jehovah Sabaoth or the Lord of Hosts. The Message Bible renders this name as ‘ God of the angel armies”. I think this is the right perspective to understand that God is greater than anything we face. That was certainly what Elisha’s servant discovered that morning! We must also remember that not only are we not alone but that the odds are actually in our favour.
‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ‘ Romans 8:31
The message that God brings through Elisha is the message that God still has to the frightened, the discouraged, the rejected, the tempted and the confused today. You are not alone! What comfort there is in remembering this, in these challenging days as God has promised us
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ( Deut 31:6)