Monday, November 7
Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Scott Cash wrote a powerful song titled “Whom Shall I Fear” – with the alternate subtitle “God of Angel Armies”. Perhaps 2 Kings chapters 6 & 7 offered some inspiration as they were writing this song. The Arameans are attacking Israel and are extremely flustered because it is as if someone keeps telling the king of Israel the battle plans of the king of Aram, foiling his plan of attack time after time. They are tipped off that Elisha, the prophet of God, just might be the informant and so a large force is sent during the night to surround Elisha’s town to capture him. In the morning Elisha’s servant is dismayed to see such a large posse ready to pounce. But this is what the prophet Elisha says,
“Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:16,17
Wow! What a sight! And, sure enough, there is NOTHING to fear when you are on the side of God’s Angel Armies! The Aramean army is struck with blindness and Elisha leads them – right into the presence of the Israelite king.
In the very next chapter the LORD causes the attacking Arameans to be scared away by the sound of a great army – a great heavenly army with many horses and chariots. (7:6,7) Wow! What a thunderous sound! And sure enough, there is NOTHING to fear when you are on the side of God’s Angel Armies! The long siege on Samaria, which had brought starvation and hyperinflation, is suddenly and miraculously over as the Arameans high-tail it out without looking back. As an added bonus the Israelites plunder everything the retreating army left behind.
Does it sound too good to be true? Some thought maybe. While the city was still surrounded and in the throes of despair Elisha predicts that by the very next day food would once again be abundant and affordable. One of the king’s officers voices his doubt that this could ever happen – because it indeed did not seem humanly possible. Elisha said, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it.” (7:2) And, sure enough, the doubting officer with a negative attitude was serving at the city gates the very next day when the Israelites celebrated the end of the siege and the joyous mob ran out of the city to get a share of the plunder. He saw it – and was trampled in the gateway before he had a chance to eat of the bounty. The doubter did not reap the rewards.
You likely will not find yourself facing an attacking foreign king or a city under siege today, but perhaps you will be up against depression, temptation, a negative spirit, a difficult relationship, or struggles at school, work or home. There is a lot to fear when you get sucked into becoming the doubter who sees things in only human terms – and misses out on the rewards. But there is nothing to fear when you are on the side of God – and His Angel Armies.
Maybe you have limited your line of sight to what is humanly possible or worldly acceptable. Pray that your eyes will be opened, and your ears unstopped so that you may see and hear God at work and follow His leading. He might choose to show you a whole army of angels – or maybe he will show you a wise Biblical counselor to help steer you through a crisis, or a verse to give you direction, or a neighbor for you to share hope with. May our eyes be opened to see all of the ways God guides and provides!
(Another great “Angel Army” is heard in 2 Samuel chapter 5 – and will actually be retold in our readings next week in 1 Chronicles 14. Don’t miss it – follow God’s Angel Armies!)