The axe-head miracle testifies that our labour in not in vain in the Lord. God is no man’s debtor. These men were building a prophets’ retreat. Verse 17 reminds us of Jesus’ words on His parables: “Though seeing, they do not see …” We need our eyes opened!
“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
What a wonderful weighty truth for the city of Dothan that Elisha has for them.
Do not be afraid!
From our perspective, it was all fear. The city was surrounded by a mighty Syrian army, angry and out for Elisha’s blood. What was not to fear?
And that’s it, hey – From _our_ perspective.
We so often slip and fall into thinking from an earthly point of view, forgetting the spiritual. Because it’s what we see.
But as Hebrews 11 tells us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Elisha knew there was an even mightier army protecting them.
And his word is for us today. How apt it is! “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
It can feel so low and depressing today, so many things going wrong, so much anger and evil directed at the church, at Christ.
But we have an assurance and a conviction in Jesus! In the temple not made with hands, in the heavenly realities.
Praise God for this hope! Listen to Elisha, to Joshua and Moses – Fear Not! The Lord is with us!