Do you believe God has a plan for your life? I mean really believe it, like live it out every day believe it. Most days I get so caught up in the chaos and needs of life that I forget God’s plan. Can you relate? Between feeding children and folding clothes who has time for God’s Plan? Then you add in all the problems that come through different seasons of life and I can begin to feel alone in this struggle. Today we will look at how to Be Still and really see God in the midst of our troubles. In Seeing God we will see that God is greater than your problems.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
The Context of 2 Kings 6:16
The prophet Elisha is in the middle of a difficult situation. God revealed something to him, something to share with the King of Isreal that his enemy thought no one knew. So the Aramean army is marching against the prophet who is alone with only his servant.
Some things to know about the context:
- Elisha was walking in the will of God. Sin did not bring this battle.
- God knows all and was using His prophet to protect His people.
- Elisha had been the apprentice to Elijah and seen God do mighty things.
- Being a prophet of God is a job that leads to attack and persecution.
Observations from 2 Kings 6:16It's hard to choose hope in hard times. When we are faced with very real problems and few solutions it's easier to get stuck in fear and anxiety. Click To Tweet
Elisha doesn’t seem to give the trouble facing him a second thought, however. How did he do it? The man of God literally hears the servant’s report “an army with horses and chariots was circling the city” and he prays.
Prayer changes everything.
With a prayer, Elisha changes the entire direction of the battle. The Aramean army felt sure of a victory. An entire army against a prophet seems like a no-brainer. But God had another plan. Because Elisha knew God was bigger than his problem, God was more powerful than anyone attacking him, and God has an army that far outnumbers any other.
Application of 2 Kings 6:16
What are the problems facing you today?
Is there an army attacking?
- Are you in the midst of a difficult marriage?
- Have you come to a dilemma with one of your children?
- Is there drama with friends?
- Are you having a hard time at work?
- Maybe there’s dissension at church.
- FInancial struggles
- Health challenges
There are seasons of life when it feels like so much is happening that you must be under attack. Yesterday I shared with you that there is a very real Spiritual Battle happening over your life. Do you believe that?
Elisha prayed that God would open his servants’ eyes to see the Angel Armies.
If there are Angel armies believe that there are also demonic forces. We see them mentioned in the book of Daniel as well. Read more about spiritual warfare in Daniel here. In this passage, we see that Elisha is a real Prayer Warrior and He has seen God do amazing things!
The enemy is doing his best to keep you discouraged, distracted and discontent enough that you won’t engage in the Spiritual war.
How do we turn the tables on the enemy and begin winning with Spiritual Warfare?
We need a bigger view of God. This goes beyond knowing that God is big to the heart of Believing God is big.
- Trusting that God has a plan for your life.
- Talking to God and watching as He answers your prayers.
- Reading the bible to see how God showed up in the past in a big way.
- Being in community with real believers who share what God is really doing in their lives.
This is the kind of life Elisha lived and why I believe He knew God was bigger than his circumstances.
You don’t have to worry about the hard parts because God is greater than your worries. Easier said than done I know. That’s why I have pulled together 40 bible verses about anxiety to help us all in this struggle.
Final Thoughts on 2 Kings 6:16
How to make God bigger than your problems
It’s not enough just to say “trust in the Lord with all your heart” you have to live it every day.
Look at how this passage ends.
God blinds the army, allows them to be led back home where they are so confused the battle evaporates! God was bigger than Elisha’s problem and God is greater than your problems too.
Talk about a bible verse that shows God is greater than the highs and lows!
Notice how God helps us in difficult times in this example
God didn’t turn back time and change the story to keep Elisha from trouble, stress, fear or worry. He allowed the army to march.
Neither did God snap a finger and destroy the army. Elisha had to walk amongst the enemy all the while knowing they could attack at any moment.God does not keep His people from problems and hard times. The will of God, His plan for your life will not be problem free. God doesn't save us from having difficult times. We have to see that God helps us while we are in the… Click To Tweet
Google bible verses about faith and you will see that faith grows best in the midst of troubles.
Not the answer you wanted? Me Either!!!!! Arggg. I wish the Christian life was easy, comfortable and always blessed.
Too often when I pray “God help me solve my problem” what I want is a quick fix. What God gives is faith through trails. Yes, God helps, but He requires I exercise faith and walk among the army of the enemy some days.
God is greater than your problems, God is bigger than your worries, God is more powerful than the enemy attacking your life. But that same God longs to grow your faith so He allows the hard parts to happen. God's Plan for your… Click To Tweet
A Prayer to Be still and see that God is bigger than your problems
It is so hard to believe you are bigger than the problems I face. I can see my problems… it feels like my enemy is flesh and blood. It feels like my husband is the problem, my kids are the problem, the ladies from my mom group are the problem… they are the ones I see.
Give me eyes to see You in the midst of the drama Lord. Remind me how You have come through for me time and time again. I praise You for being so faithful in my life. You have never failed me and I trust that you never will. Give me the faith to Trust You with all my Heart even when I can’t understand. I will give You the glory for every victory Lord.