He Keeps His Own

And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, ‘Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?’ And one of his servants said, ‘None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.’ And he said, ‘Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.’ ..He sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So 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 6:11-17

Elisha was under constant suspicion and intended retribution by foreign leaders, because he spoke truth. He did the right thing, and others did not like it, so they sought to harm him, to stop his message. The king of Assyria suspected a spy was determining his strategies, but was informed that no, it was Elisha the prophet who knew their plans, thus protecting God’s people, so he set out to harm him. Elisha’s servant could see only the vast army threatening, but Elisha prayed God would open his spiritual eyes to higher faith in what was really true. He knew that God was greater than the enemy, that His armies encamp around His beloved, that He would keep His own, and he wanted his companion to know the same. (Psalm 34:7; 139:5; 1 John 4:4)

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God is honored when we follow Him no matter what, and He watches over His own, keeping and guarding them in the midst of every seemingly endless volley of attack. When we face an onslaught of poisoned words and accusations, health challenges, grief, financial uncertainty, betrayal, fear over what we cannot control, we can take comfort that the Lord of Hosts is nigh. When we rest in His keeping, others who watch us can see Him.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ ..He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday… For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Ps 91:1-2,4-6,11

My Keeper, grant me spiritual eyes to see You as greater than anything I face here on earth. Keep me close to You.

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