April 12

2 Kings 4-7, Psalm 102

Though I have mentioned my testimony previously, I will briefly repeat it here. In 1987, my mother was in the hospital dying of colon cancer. The hospital she was in was the same hospital where I was going to medical school. When she died in the middle of the night, the phone call went out to my father who chose not to call me (I was married) for I was to take a big test that morning (Part 2 of my medical board examination). When I went into the room and found my mother who had died and was prepared to go to the morgue, I wept by the bedside. At this time a woman entered, she did not say any of the typical platitudes about her being at peace or being in a better place, instead she simply placed her hand on my shoulder and prayed Psalm 23 in its entirety, then walked out. I had never heard the word of God spoke lovingly, personally, in fact anything other than mechanically before and I was moved beyond description. Two weeks later I asked the hospital chaplain for a Bible, wanting to experience what that woman showed me. Over the next 1 1/2 years as I went through the Bible and realized it was all true, I gave my life to Christ. One thing that I never mentioned was, when I decided to get that Bible I excitedly went back to the scene of my mother's hospital floor where she died to seek out that woman and tell her what her prayer meant to me. When I described her to every worker on the floor they had no idea who I was talking about and stated no such woman ever worked there. Whether this woman was an angel dispatched by God to me, a young man who didn't know him and saw no hope in my present situation, I will never know. Whether this was a hospital worker sent from another area of the hospital by God I will never know. The reality is, when we see no hope, God is always present and He will never leave us nor forsake us.

When the plans of the king of Syria were continually thwarted because of Elisha who would warn the king of Israel where the attack would take place, the king of Syria decides the best thing to do was to take out Elisha. We read the story unfold in 2 Kings 6:14-15, "Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" We all can get so involved in the physical realm of our life and see things only from a horizontal perspective that we lose sight of the spiritual realm and seek our solutions from the vertical perspective. We see Elisha's response in 6:16-17, "So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." The solution was right there, but the servant of Elisha was previously blind to it. We read in Hebrews 13:2, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." When Jesus is being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and Peter strikes the servant of the High Priest, we read the words of Jesus in Matthew 26:52-53, "Put away your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?...". This was a massive number of angels at His disposal. Though the exact number of angels, we don't know; we do know that the number of angels outnumber the number of demons by a number of 2:1 (1/3 of the angels fell with Lucifer).

It is so easy when confronted with our situations which seem insurmountable, to see only the problem and not the solution. In 1 John 4:4, we read "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world". How easy it is to forget this and panic. We can focus so much on the enormity of the situation or the power of the enemy and forget that God is more powerful than anything and anyone. In Hebrews 13:5, we read, ..."I will never leave you nor forsake you." In Romans 8:28 we read, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." We read in Romans 8:35-38 that nothing separates us from His love. We know these verses but do we believe them and act accordingly. We need to see the reality of the spiritual forces surrounding the enemies that surround us. May God open our eyes to His protection. What a difference it would make in our whole outlook and how we react to our circumstances.

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Marj Lancaster