Most days I get so caught up in the chaos and needs of life that I forget God has a plan for my life. 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 the struggles. Today we will look at how to be still and really see God in the midst of our troubles. We will see that God is bigger than any problem!
Why Is It Hard to Believe God is Bigger Than Any Problem
It’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.
Why is it so hard to believe God is bigger than any problem?
- I can see my problems and I can’t see God.
- My problems are loud and it’s difficult to hear God most days.
- The hard things look so big and feel so threatening that I forget how big and powerful God has been and will be again.
The Bible is a comfort to me because it reminds me – every single time I open it – that I am not alone in this struggle. Even prophets had moments they needed to be reminded to be still and trust in God.
God is Bigger Than Any Problem Bible Verse
The context of 2 Kings 6:16 makes it my favorite Scripture proving God is bigger than any problems we face!
“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”” 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 (2 Kings 6:8-10). This is a big problem!
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.
- God is wonderful that way!
- Elisha had been the apprentice to Elijah and seen God do mighty things.
- Seeing God move fuels our faith that He will move again!
- Being a prophet of God is a job that leads to attack and persecution.
- It shouldn’t surprise any of us that hard times come!
How To Choose Faith Over Fear
We observe from 2 Kings 6 that Elisha doesn’t seem to give the trouble facing him a second thought. How did he do it?
If I heard this report I would feel at least a moment of fear.
“Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “This is hopeless, my master! What are we to do?”” (2 Kings 6:15 NASB)
The man of God literally hears the servant’s report and he prays.
Prayer Changes Everything
“Then Elisha prayed and said,
“Lord, please, open his eyes so that he may see.”
And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17 NASB)
With a prayer, Elisha changes everything!
Prayer changed the fear of the servant. God helped the servant see how much bigger He was than the problem he had seen at first glance.
Acknowledge That We All Have Problems
What are the problems facing you today? Is there an army attacking?
- Are you in the midst of a difficult godly marriage trying to be a godly wife?
- 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. In this series, we have seen 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. Most of the time my prayer is, “Lord, how can I be bigger than my problems?” That is the wrong prayer, Y’all!
What we need, if we want to live a life where faith is greater than our fear is to learn about giving problems to God and leaving them there.
My God is bigger than any problems I face. Do you believe that? And He sends Angel armies to fight for me – and you!
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Believe The Angel Armies Are Real
Do you believe that there are armies of Angels?
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! Angel armies are just one way God does amazing things (so don’t fixate there) because He is an amazing and All-Powerful God! We have all seen God do amazing things. Why can’t we all stand up in prayer and believe God is bigger than our fears?
We struggle to believe God is bigger because the enemy is doing his best to keep us out of the battle. He uses the 3D’s to keep us from engaging in Spiritual Warfare, even blinded to its existence!
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Become a Spiritual Warrior Because God is Bigger Than Any Problem
We need a bigger view of God. This goes beyond knowing that God is big to the heart of believing God is big. How do you become a Spiritual Warrior?
- Trust that God has a plan for your life.
- Talk to God and watching as He answers your prayers.
- Read the bible to see how God showed up in the past in a big way.
- Get 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.
Prayer and Faith Win The War
Going back to 2 Kings 6 we see that prayer changed the entire direction of the battle.
“And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So He struck them with blindness in accordance with the word of Elisha. Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he brought them to Samaria.
When they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, so that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.” (2 Kings 6:18-20 NASB)
The Aramean army felt sure of a victory. An entire army against a prophet seems like a no-brainer. But God had another plan.
Would you ever imagine a war being won by temporary blindness? But think about the times God has fought for you in ways that were totally crazy; it fits His nature!
How could the prophet be so sure of His God? God had been faithful in the past. Elisha knew God was bigger than his problem!
- God was more powerful than anyone attacking him.
- God has an army that far outnumbers any other.
Faith Believes God Is Bigger Than Your Fears
Learning how to make God bigger than your problems is about faith or trust in the Lord. It’s not enough just to say “trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 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 that the battle evaporates! God was bigger than Elisha’s problem and God is greater than your problems too but it takes trust and faith in Him to be a part of the solution.
Talk about a bible verse that shows God is greater than the highs and lows!
Trials and Testing Teach Us God is Bigger Than Any Problem
Notice how God helps us in difficult times in this example from the life of Elisha and his servant.
- 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 among the enemy all the while knowing they could attack at any moment.
God does not keep His people from trials and testing. 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 midst of difficult times.
Through the times of trial and testing, we learn to be still and trust Him more as we know Him more.
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God’s All-Powerful Nature Is Trustworthy
What is God’s all-powerful nature? It’s about how He knows all and can do anything but loves us too much to step in all the time. Imagine if He did stop all our hard times, we would be so spoiled and immature.
Google Bible verses about faith and you will see that faith grows best in the midst of troubles. When asking, “What Bible verse is let your faith be bigger than your fear?” you will see tones of examples of hardship in the lives of believers.
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 trials.
Yes, God helps, but He requires I exercise faith and walk among the army of the enemy some days.
God is bigger than any problems, God is bigger than your worries, God is more powerful than the enemy attacking your life. That same God longs to grow your faith so He allows the hard parts to happen. God’s plan for your life will require you to step out in the battle but know that you are not alone in the fight.
A Prayer to Be Still and See That God is Bigger Than Any 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’s 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.
Will You Act Like God is Bigger Than Any Problem Today?
I don’t think the problem is 100% that we don’t believe God is bigger than any problems we face. No, I think many of us believe that all the way to our toes, but we don’t act like it.
We can hang up God is bigger than my problems quotes, and listen to Isaiah 40 sermons but until we decide to take a step out in faith nothing will change.
- A big fight happens in our marriage and we worry and complain about it rather than praying about it and submitting to God.
- Kids turn rebellious and we worry and complain about it rather than praying about it and finding others to help us.
- Financial struggles come and we work harder and longer and drive ourselves into exhaustion rather than praying about it and trusting the God who provides.
- We are attacked by a friend and we retaliate and lose the friendship rather than praying over it and asking God to defend us and show us what is at the heart of the attack.
What’s it going to take to move you from believing God is bigger to stepping out of the fear into faith and trusting God to actually be bigger today?
I don’t ask judgmentally but from love. Victory and peace and hope and joy are on the other side and I want those things for you.
Can I pray with you over this area of your faith walk? Drop a comment below to let me know how to pray and I will.
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