Studying the history of the Old Testament’s men and women of faith provides knowledge of God’s character and strengthens our faith. Our biblical history serves as absolute proof that God has always been in control of heaven and earth. The Scriptures provide reinforcement of His love, which allows us to remain steadfast in the struggle of adversity with intentional patience and courage. Believing that God will never fail demonstrates the faith and trust required to have a victorious outcome!
Elisha, the Man of God
“When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, ‘We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.’ But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, ‘Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.'” (2 Kings 6:8-9)
The Officer Who Believed
“The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, ‘Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?’ ‘It’s not us, my lord the king,’ one of the officers replied. ‘Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!'” (2 Kings 6:11-12).
The King versus God
Full of pride and animosity against the Nation of Israel, the Aramean king was determined to war against God’s chosen people.
“‘Go and find out where he is,’ the king commanded, ‘so I can send troops to seize him.’ And the report came back: ‘Elisha is at Dothan.’ So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.” (2 Kings 6:13-14).
Faith Over Fear
“When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. ‘Oh, sir, what will we do now?’ the young man cried to Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15).
Elisha’s response: “‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:16-17).
Is it possible for us to have a strong faith? Does God still perform miracles? Although we read the miracles in the Old Testament, parting of the Red Sea, the floating axhead, and the city of Jericho’s walls falling down, it appears that the God of the past is not the God of the present.
God Clarifies His Character
“God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19). There are no variables or failures with God, who is always consistent. The “I AM” is Omniscient and will always be Omnipotent from the beginning to the end.
Do you believe? For the faithful men and women of God, having spiritual discernment is only a prayer away. “And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Obedience to God is the Prerequisite
“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalm 84:11). We are required to believe, obey, serve, and seek God through prayer, diligently study the Scriptures, and patiently wait on the Lord. The Holy Spirit gives us the spiritual discernment of open eyes. Gain strength by talking faith, singing faith, and praying in faith. Yes, we are capable of being today’s Elisha if we only believe. We will not be defeated!
Prayer: God, we are ready for change. We ask for forgiveness of our sins. Anoint us with the Holy Spirit and open our eyes to have spiritual discernment. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.