And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 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 6:15-17)
The Unseen Army
It was a frightful scene. A huge army surrounded the city with horses and chariots and there was no hope in sight. The king of Syria had sent his army to Dothan to capture one man – Elisha. Under the cover of darkness, the Syrians had taken up positions around Dothan waiting for the morning to dawn. Frustrated by the word of Elisha warning the king of Israel about his battle plans, the Syrian king had put a bounty of the head of the prophet. As morning dawned, the servant of Elisha looked out beyond the city and saw the great army encamped throughout the land. His heart was faint with fear as he faced what he thought was certain death. Anxiously he asked Elisha what they should do. It would be a good time to leave or to barricade themselves in a secure place and the servant knew that time was of the essence.
The spirit of the servant and the spirit of Elisha were very different. What Elisha knew filled the mountain – the servant had not seen. The prophet of the Lord was not concerned about the Syrian army for there was a greater army that Elisha belonged that would defeat any army of man. He tells his servant the army of the Lord is greater than the Syrian army. Praying to the Lord, the eyes of the servant are opened to see a wondrous thing. All over the mountain stood the army of God full of horses and chariots of God’s ministering angels ready to do battle for the righteous. When the Syrians attacked, Elisha prayed for the Lord to strike them with blindness. Leading them to Samaria the prophet showed mercy to the enemy and let them return home unharmed.
We fight a great foe daily that is a defeated adversary. Satan has no power if we stand against him. What Elisha saw on the mountain has not gone away. The army of the Lord will still fight for us if we but call upon the commander of the Lord’s army. Before Joshua went against Jericho the commander of God’s might stood before him giving him assurance. Our Father in heaven has given us the armor of God to fight against the wiles of the devil and to defeat him time and time again. We are joined in battle by the horses and chariots of the unseen army in Elisha’s day to cause Satan to flee from us. Faith will open our eyes to see this army and implore the Lord God to send His army to vanquish the forces of evil that seek our destruction. Knees bent in prayer petitions the militia of holiness to rise up against the foes of God. Prayer is the power of the army. Faith is the sight of our trusting in the Lord to fight our battles.
Elisha exhorted his servant to remember the power of the Lord is greater than any power man has. The power of Christ within us is greater than the power of the devil. Let us call upon the power of God to fill our lives each day. Never allow the forces of Satan to defeat us on the battlefield of faith because our Lord is King of Kings and Lord of Lords leading a victory parade of white horses to the throne of our Father. Open your eyes to the power of God’s might.
Satan, the accuser of the saints, takes great delight in worrying feeble believers who sigh when they should be singing. (Vance Havner, 1901-1986)