When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” II Kings 6:15, ESV


With all of the events of this year, I imagine a lot of people are wondering the same thing that the prophet Elisha's servant was wondering when he saw what appeared to be insurmountable forces aligned against them.


I have run into a lot of people lately who share the same mind set as Elisha's servant. They see the economy collapsing and the fear of a disease they don't understand and the riots that have popped up all over the world due to the perceived injustices of various peoples. Many people are absolutely shell shocked from the seemingly unending barrage of problems, and they are already defeated before the battle has even begun.


Does that sound familiar to you? Are you so tired of watching one catastrophe after another that you don't even want to think about it? Maybe you are ready to curl up in a ball and just go to sleep until the difficulties of the day pass. But this has never been the way to handle trouble, and trouble rarely goes away just by ignoring it. So, what can we do?


In the event above, we see a man who was overwhelmed by the reality of a huge army that was literally coming after him, so he was right to be concerned - and we are right to be concerned, but again, the question comes back, "What can we do?"


And the answer is the same for us today as it was for the servant of Elisha nearly 3,000 years ago. Elisha responded to his servant in this way:


He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6:16-17, ESV


The answer to our problems now, just as it has always been, is to trust in God. When you read about the prophet Elisha and all of the difficulties he went through, you will realize that he still had hardships to undergo and hard work to undertake - God was not promising him a free-ride, nor does He promise us one today. But, what He does promise us is this: If we do not give up and if we will do our part, He will do His part.


And, that will be enough. It always has been.


Are you willing to stand for God and against evil? If not, then get ready to become a slave to the evil one and his followers.


But if you are ready, then open your eyes and take your stand. We will only be able to do this if we will remember the eternal truth that the One who is in us is more powerful than the one who is in the world. The apostle John revealed this great truth to us nearly 2,000 years ago, and it is just as true today as it was when the early church was facing their seemingly insurmountable problems then.


You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  I John 4:4, NIV