2 Kings 6:15-16 (NIV) “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
I’ve always wanted to be a seer, one who sees what is really going on in the spiritual realm. So far, God hasn’t allowed that to happen. I read both of Blake Healey’s books about his life as a seer and was enthralled with what he did with this gift. Some of my problem may be that my gifts of mercy and exorcism are not compatible with being a seer. Therefore, I walk out my life with faith according to Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
One instance that really helped my faith happened when I read the 2 Kings verse. I received a picture to illustrate it more intimately for me. The song Michael W. Smith sings about being surrounded by the enemy came to mind and God showed me just how He surrounds us. It was an image of God’s presence being laid upon me – kind of like being immersed into paint or covered by a sheet of laminating plastic. It was upon me, touching, being formed by every part of my physical frame, including my hair. There was nothing that could get between God and me. Yes, there may be forces and struggles that are around me on every side but God is still between me and them. The things that want to harm me must go through God first!
How much more do we need to know? We can learn day-by-day or even minute-by-minute about God’s character, but we understand by faith that His presence is always with us. God tells us throughout Scripture that he will never leave us. We have to take that by faith – He said it as a promise that He cannot turn away from. I don’t always see it because my eyes are looking for Him through a different filter, but I can know by faith that He is always there.
“It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you!”
Prayer: “Lord, help me to understand more deeply how you are always with me no matter how my circumstances may try to convince me otherwise. You have promised it is so and I believe it--again for the now and future of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.”