Elisha was a prophet of God, a one time assistant to Elijah. When Elijah was taken to heaven Elisha asked of him, and was given, a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. This enabled him to take up Elijah’s mantle and be the ‘man of God’ in Israel when it was passing through difficult times, in danger of attack from invading nations. One of these nations was Aram, which went to war with Israel. They had the potential to defeat Israel but not while Elisha was around. Elisha was able, through the spirit of God, to know what the king of Aram was planning. He passed this information on and continually confounded the king of Aram’s plans, making him very angry.

When he discovered Elisha was doing this he sent an army after him. Elisha and his servant were, at this time, in a city called Dothan which was surrounded by the army sent after him. Elisha’s servant was scared when he saw the army, so Elisha prayed and asked God to open his eyes. Amazingly, he then saw “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.(1) (2Ki. 6:17) In a scary time, when everything seemed to be against them, Elisha and his servant were protected by God. Having opened the servant’s eyes Elisha asked God to close the eyes of the soldiers. Blinded, they were unable to attack anyone, and Elisha himself was able to lead them into the city of Samaria, at this time capital of the kingdom of Israel. Thankfully the king listened to Elisha’s advice. Rather than kill the soldiers he fed them and sent them home. It was enough to make the king of Aram realise he could never defeat Israel and he stopped his attacks.

There are times in life where we find ourselves suffering, as if under attack. The attack can be horrendous with the potential to destroy. It might be the loss of a loved one, the break up of a relationship, a problem with the law. We look at our situation and feel hopeless, but we don’t have to. There is a God who will protect us and help us in any situation, however bad it is.

This God is the God of the Bible, the same God who loves you so much he sent his son to earth to die for you. Elisha had horses and chariots of fire, you get God’s Son, Jesus. When you trust him you have someone in your life who is with you at all times. The Bible teaches, “God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.(2) When you have those times of suffering, when you feel under attack, Jesus will be with you and he will protect you. He will hold on to you, comfort you and strengthen you. You can get through anything with him, if you just trust him.

You’ll notice that the king of Israel listened to Elisha and did as he suggested, feeding and releasing his prisoners instead of killing them. Elisha’s advice was unusual and not what you would expect. God never does as we expect. Would you expect him to love you? Would you expect him to let his Son die for you? Would you expect him to come up with this salvation for you that defies common sense? That’s what God does. He’s the God of the unexpected.

When you trust him he is still the God of the unexpected. He will change you in ways you’d never envisaged. He will take you on a journey you’d never planned. He will equip you with skills and qualities you thought were beyond you. He will have you doing things you never thought possible.

You can have a very exciting life if you want it. It’s yours through Jesus.

Bible References:
(1) 2 Kings 6:14

(2) Hebrews 13:5