by Sandy Kirby Quandt
The Arthurian Legend of Camelot with its Knights of the Round Table captivated my imagination at an early age. The fairy tale thoughts of a sword in a stone, brave warriors fighting for the oppressed, putting right the wrong, all intrigued me.
At the time, in my naivete, I thought it would be marvelous to be a princess living in a castle.
That is, until I researched the subject further and realized how truly dreadful it would be to live during those times of plague, pestilence and putrescence.
Even the lovely dresses I imagined I’d wear would be a pain. Literally. And needing to wear a large ring filled with honey to draw the bugs away from my food does not interest me in the least.
A story in 2 Kings 6 got me thinking about castles, armies and fortresses, and how God is our mighty fortress who protects us with his vast army.
One night the king of Syria sent a great army to surround the city where Elisha and his servant were. When the servant got up the next morning and saw the troops, horses and chariots everywhere, he was afraid.
Elisha told him not to be afraid. He told his servant, “Our army is bigger than theirs.”
Then Elisha prayed God would open his servant’s eyes to see the great army of the LORD with its horses and chariots of fire everywhere on the mountain.
The victory belonged to God.
Just as in Elisha’s day, we are besieged by things that are set against us. Oftentimes we see the enemy, but not God’s mighty army that surrounds and protects us. We are told our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12) God will fight the battles of those who belong to him.
When life threatens to undo us maybe we should pray for the God of angel armies to open our eyes and show us how mighty a fortress he truly is.
Did you ever dream of being a knight or a princess?
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Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?”
Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.”
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.”
The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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