IN TIMES OF STRESS

Yes, those times when storm clouds gather & circumstances threaten us?

When fear stalks: “

“Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked,
(Nor unscheduled, unscrupulous diseases & plan-demics
when it comes.”

Elisha retained his peace when faced with threatening situations.

In his day Israel was constantly under threat of invasion by Syria.

Fortunately for the king of Israel, on several occasions Elisha was able to warn
him of ambushes set to capture him.
The frustrated Syrian king demanded that his counselors disclose who the spy was.

One counselor astutely told the Syrian king that no spy was warning the enemy of his plans.
Rather, Elisha the prophet was supernaturally enabled to discover the king’s plots.

“Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, tells the king of Israel
the words that you speak in your bedchamber” 2 Kings 6:12

Go and spy where he is, that I may send & fetch him,” said the king 1 Kings 6:13
We can assume that Elisha heard that too!

At that time Elisha was in Dothan, a town on a caravan route not far from Samaria,
so the Syrian king sent soldiers to surround the town.

Elisha was unperturbed, but his servant was greatly alarmed at the sight of
the Syrian soldiers. He
couldn’t understand how Elisha could be so calm in the face of such imminent danger.

“And Elisha prayed & said, Lord, I pray, open his eyes, that he may see.
And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man & he saw & behold,
the mountain was full of horses & chariots of fire round about Elisha”
2 Kings 6:17

What better security could one want?

We who love the Lord have the same security.

Paul, whose life was full of hairbreadth escapes, told us that our life

“is hid with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

No matter what happens

“we know that all things work together for good” Romans 8:28

No foe can daunt us;
no fear can haunt us.
We’re on the victory side.

No harm can touch us without God’s permission & even then He draws
a predetermined line, the book of Job assures us.
So those who have responded to the highest wisdom & belong to the
family of God need not be afraid, even when calamity comes.

We can have peace in times of stress because we know the place where faith stands:

“For the Lord shall be our confidence & will keep our foot from being taken”
Proverbs 3:26

Faith takes its stand in the Lord.
So we can put all the power of the enemy into proper perspective.

In the book of Revelation we see all the might of Satan massed & mobilized
against the people of God.

Satan appears unmarked as a great red dragon.

He has at his command principalities & powers,
the rulers of this world’s darkness, and wicked spirits
in high places, and he summons them to war.

Demons surge up from the abyss.
Fallen, godless men hail the beast as their sovereign lord.
He is depicted as a monster possessing great ferocity & power.
Countless millions of men march to his drumbeat.
Terror & torture are his weapons.
Such is the power of the enemy.

And what does God have to counter all this raw power?

A Lamb! (Literally a little lamb in Revelation 5:6.

The Lamb has what the enemy does not have:
omniscience & omnipotence.

Wisdom points our faith to that all-victorious, nail-scarred Lamb.

That is where faith stands.

Adapted from John Phillips

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