Spiritual Elements to Physical Battles

I don’t have a lot to say about today’s reading — even though a LOT happens — because I just want to highlight one single line…

The king of Aram is fed up with Elisha always knowing what’s coming and foiling his plans over and over again. So he decides it’s time to kill this troublemaker and be rid of him! So he finds out where Elisha is and surrounds his home. Elisha’s servant wakes up in the morning and walks out to see the army of Aram surrounding his house with horses and chariots and he is terrified. He goes to get Elisha to ask what to do. Elisha’s response is exceptional.

Elisha says, “Don’t be afraid! For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

Then he prays for God to open the eyes of his servant and God does just that. And the servant sees the surrounding hillside covered in angel armies with horses and chariots of fire!

Because even our physical battles are spiritual battles. For we fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. When you are feeling cornered or alone, pray for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies to open your eyes to the fact that we are represented by angels, horses, and chariots of fire!

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