What you see today are your problems and threats … what you do not see yet is your rescue and your redemption. You see what the enemy is doing, but perhaps you do not see how your God is going to use it all for good.
The real problem here is, sometimes we can become so overwhelmed in today’s hardships that we give up before we ever get to walk in tomorrow’s breakthrough. THIS IS NOT THE END FOR YOU. THIS IS NOT WHERE YOU SHALL STOP. We often ask God to make the hardship stop, but what if instead we began praying, “Lord, don’t let me stop when I’m supposed to keep moving forward.”
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to keep showing up. Sometimes we feel so defeated that all attempts seem like a total waste. But what if there’s so much more than you can see? What if this battle is greater than you imagined and you’re already on the winning side without even knowing it? What if the odds are in your favor, but it’s never going to look like it or feel like it, you’re just going to have to trust it?
What God showed me this morning to share with you is not a way out of the battle … it’s not an escape from this … it’s not a way around the problem you most want to avoid, it’s simply a different perspective. A broader view to see more than you’ve been seeing. God took me to part of the story of Elisha … the part with chariots of fire!
Elisha was a man of God with the gift of prophesy. God spoke to him about things that were yet to be, and Elisha then helped the King of Israel to guide the Israelites in overcoming their enemies. Of course their enemies wanted to capture Elisha so he could no longer use his prophetic talents to stay one step ahead of their battle plans. So, here come the enemies to get Elisha.
2 Kings 6: 15-17 “When Elisha’s servant 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,” Elisha answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that 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.
Girls, what if instead of praying for all our worries to go away, we started asking God to show us what is really happening all around us? What if instead of asking for our problems to dissapear, we started asking for our solutions to appear.
We just want God to take it all away, clear the path and make life easier, but how many of you know God really doesn’t work that way? Have you lived long enough to know God’s objective isn’t to give you an easy life, but a full life, and a full life requires resistance. A full life comes only as the result of some crap along the way, because remember, crap is fertilizer. Literally. By God’s great design that we can’t wrap our head around, we grow best in this crap. He’s not going to make it go away, he’s going to help you grow through it.
Elisha didn’t pray for their enemies to disappear. He simply asked that his servant who was fearful would be able to see beyond the problem into what was really happening here. What was really happening here is the angels of heaven were protecting them and fighting for them.
Honey, do you realize that’s exactly what is happening for you right now? I know you don’t see it so it’s hard to believe it, but heaven’s army has your back through this. You’re not going through this alone, you are surrounded by the one who is always for you. And Romans 8:31 reminds us “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”
But wait, do you question if God is really for you? Well, let me assure you he is, because he sent his one and only son FOR YOU. Yes, for you. Hasn’t he proven he is FOR you? That’s not going to change. God’s not going to take back the sacrifice of Jesus just because you stumble or you lose your way. It’s a done deal. GOD IS FOR YOU, therefore NO ONE CAN BE AGAINST YOU.
Whatever you’re facing today, may you remember God is FOR you, and you’re not walking alone. You will not battle alone. You are surrounded by heaven’s army of angels. Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Elisha simply asked that his servant would see what was always around them. And when the servant saw the horses and chariots of fire that were FOR them, then he no longer feared. And no doubt, my sister, this is what is all around us today. Because we are his followers, his worshipers, the ones who trust him and believe in him, we are surrounded by his angels.
I love the image of the angels “encamped around us”. Encamped, like they’ve pitched tents and they’re there to stay. They are a steady presence. They’ve set up their battle stations all around us and they’re committed to the mission. If you read the various translations of this scripture, you understand what God’s angels are here to do for us. They deliver us. They defend us. They rescue us. They protect us. They arm us. They save us.
The MSG translation simply puts it like this, “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”
If you’re in the battle today, I pray your eyes would be opened to all God is doing around you. I pray you would see how he has aligned provisions for you. I pray you would feel his peace, knowing you’re not alone, you are literally encircled. Surrounded. Protected. The angels are camping all around you, girl.
Where’s the angel’s campsite? Where do you find them staying? All around YOU!
What if we looked at our problems today, and God gave us a vision for how we are going to overcome those problems? What if he allowed us to see how all this mess is going to be used to deliver us directly into the good plans he has for us? What if instead of fear, we were given strength, because now we know there is more to this than we have been seeing?
Lord, help us to see you all around us. Calm our anxious hearts, and let us find confidence in you. Thank you for the chariots of fire I cannot see. Thank you for your angels camped out all around us, battling on our behalf. Thank you for the victory you have already pre-destined here, now help us walk boldly in it! Lord, don’t let us stop when we’re supposed to keep moving forward. We’re in the angel’s campsite, right where we belong.