Sunday, August 14, 2016

2 Kings 6:15 -- On Fear and Hope and Unseen Assurance

"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?"
2 Kings 6:15

This is part of a great story with a happy ending.  But I was thinking today that in our life stories we often stop right here at this verse and don't go on to read the rest, because we are so scared at the darkness surrounding us.

We are like Elisha's servant, just seeing the overwhelming army and not having any idea how to deal with it... not seeing any hope.  And yet, for him, and definitely for us, there IS hope... always.  It is all around us, even though we might not be able to see or even feel it.  God is there, unseen, to balance out every force arrayed against us, and to help us find the way out of the darkness.

Today, when we're freaking out about all the things that are going on around us that we don't think that we can face, let's remember that God is there to face them with us.  Let's stop and talk to him and let him help us get back to calm, and hope, and assurance that things are going to be okay... because they are.  As long as we stick with God, the happy ending is always the truth, whether we can see it or not.

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