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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 28, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Look through eyes of faith, let Him show you His resources.]
Elisha’s servant was no longer afraid when he saw God’s mighty heavenly army. Faith reveals that God is doing more for his people than we can ever realize through sight alone. When you face difficulties that seem insurmountable, remember that spiritual resources are there even if you can’t see them. Look through the eyes of faith, and let God show you his resources. If you don’t see God working in your life, the problem may be your spiritual eyesight, not God’s power. (NLT)
2 Kings 6:8-23 – When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.”
But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.” So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God, warning the people there to be on their guard. This happened several times.
The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called in his officers and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”
“It’s not us, my lord,” one of the officers replied, “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”
The king commanded, “Go and find out where Elisha is, and we will send troops to seize him.”
And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.” So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere.
“Ah, my lord, what will we do now?” he cried out to Elisha.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
As the Aramean army advanced toward them, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” And the Lord did as Elisha asked. Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, now open their eyes and let them see.” And the Lord did, and they discovered that they were in Samaria.
When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, “My father, should I kill them?”
“Of course not!” Elisha told him. “Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master.”
So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their king. After that, the Aramean raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.
Quoted verse: [Elisha] replied, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them.” — 2 Kings 6:16 (NRSV)
“Story” – Linda Chandra (Banten, Indonesia) titled her story “DON’T BE AFRAID;” here is a portion of Linda’s story:
“We opened a learning center for children in a mountain village. One day, a group of people came to our house, wanting to close the center. One of our children ran up and said, ‘Mom, there are a lot of people coming to our house, shouting. What should we do, Mom? Call the police!’ But then our youngest child said, ‘Let us pray, Mom.’ We joined hands in prayer to the Lord Jesus.
“Soon a rain storm began. The area in front of our house flooded, but the flood did not come into our yard. Most of the people in front of the house disbanded and ran away. Only three of their leaders remained in front of our house.
“Our youngest child’s response reminds me of Elisha . . . While Elisha’s servant responded with fear, Elisha prayed for God’s help. Remembering what Elisha did, we invited the three chilled leaders into our house. We gave them a change of clothes and provided hot tea and food for them. One of them asked, ‘Why do you treat us so well?’ I replied, ‘Because God loves you and wants us to do all this for you.’ After the rain stopped, the people apologized and left our house. May we remember that God is greater than anyone and can free us from fear.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I am afraid, I will pray and trust God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your protection of us each day. Help us trust you and give our fears to you. Amen.
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