There is a story found in 2 Kings 8 that really illustrates the truth of God’s work on behalf of His own. The story involves the prophet Elisha and his servant. According to the text, the king of Syria was fighting against Israel and found himself completely frustrated. Israel seemed to know his next move. Unbeknownst to him, the prophet Elisha had been revealing to the king of Israel the plans of the Syrian king. So, the king of Syria calls his servants together and demands to know who has been leaking information to Israel’s side. I love the answer that he is given by one of his servants–“None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” Upon hearing this, the king tells his men to track Elisha down and seize him. They find Elisha in Dothan and send a great army after him.
Elisha’s servant gets up one morning and finds that the city is completely surrounded by the Syrian army. He begins to worry and panic, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” But Elisha is not worried. He simply says to his servant, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” He then prays for God to open his eyes to see. God answers Elisha’s prayer and opens the young man’s eyes, and he sees the surrounding mountains full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Imagine what this did for the servant’s confidence! This is precisely the principle of Romans 8:31 at work. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” If the One who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? It means that my salvation is in good hands. Because my salvation is up to God, there is no amount of attack or difficulty in this life that can ever threaten it. As a follower of Jesus Christ, my salvation is safely in God’s hands and I can now live with confidence.
Our eyes are so very often blinded to this truth. We worry and fret about things way too much. I have good news for you–God’s got this. He will not disappoint. He is for His people and has their best interests at heart. He will not allow His glory to be diminished. It is important that we make this our conviction as disciples. We must live with the conviction in our heart that God’s strength and might are far greater than the enemy’s. We need Him to open our eyes to this reality every single day. Don’t let the enemy make you think that he is stronger than Christ. When he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. Don’t let the enemy intimidate you into thinking that your witness for Jesus won’t make a difference. Satan would love nothing more than to silence your gospel witness. Don’t buy into his scare tactics! Live with confidence as a forgiven child of God. Jesus has you safely in His grip and has promised to build His church. God’s Word will not return to Him void. Be a bold witness for Jesus where you live and work. Let’s live our lives for the sole purpose of glorifying God by making disciples. Ask the Lord to open your eyes so that you can truly “see” that He is for you in this effort.