Posts Tagged ‘power of God’

God’s Protection

July 26, 2014

God’s Protection

2 Kings 19:35: That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian troops. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.

King Hezekiah had a serious problem. The Assyrian army, 185,000 strong, surrounded the city of Jerusalem. There was no escape. The Assyrian commanders even shouted out to the soldiers of the king standing on the ramparts that he would conquer them. He wanted them to give up now, and live.

Many people would reel in shock at such a situation. But King Hezekiah was a man of faith. He went into the temple and prayed, and then he talked to Isaiah, God’s prophet. Isaiah assured Hezekiah that if he would only trust, God would save them.

Hezekiah spoke to his people. He assured them they were safe. God was about to do a miracle.

What a miracle it was, too. An angel of the Lord destroyed the army. 185,000 soldiers died that night and the commander of the Assyrians escaped into the night to go back to Assyria where he was later assassinated.

The amazing thing is that this event is not just recorded in the Bible. Herodotus, a Greek historian, referred to it in his writings. He believed a “plague of rats” killed the Assyrian army.

We know the truth. God protects his people. Follow him, and he will be with you.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to trust in your protection always. Amen.

Seeing the Truth

July 12, 2014

Seeing the Truth

2 Kings 6:17: Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see.” The LORD opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

An army surrounded the prophet Elisha and his servant Gehazi. It looked like no escape. Every side was taken. Spears glinted in the sunlight. Arrowheads looked bright and sharp. Swords were drawn.

What could they do?

When Gehazi stepped out of the tent that morning, he wanted to run. But there was nowhere to run to. It was then that Elisha came out of the tent and looked around. Elisha could see something that Gehazi didn’t. What was it? The armies of God.

Around the mountain, standing between the foreign army and the prophet, were angels. Bright, shining, powerful angels. Later, just one of those angels would slay 185,000 men (see 2 Kings 19). And here was a whole army of them. Imagine what that army could do.

Gehazi, though, couldn’t see this army. So Elisha prayed for him, and God opened Gehazi’s eyes.

Did you know that angels are here with you, too? You are personally protected by God. No one can touch you unless God allows it!

Prayer: Jesus, help me to feel safe in you, because you are the great protector. Amen.

A Double Portion of God’s Spirit

July 8, 2014

A Double Portion of God’s Spirit

2 Kings 2:9: When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you before I am taken away?” And Elisha replied, “Please let me become your rightful successor.”

What do you want most in life? Riches? Honor? Fame? Glory? Popularity? Pleasure?

These are all nice things, and God does give them to some people. But most of us have to be happy with our lot in life. There’s not much we can do to change that.

There is one thing, though, that you can ask of God. It’s found in the Bible passage we’re looking at today. Elijah was about to leave the earth and go to heaven. His disciple, Elisha, followed him down to the river. There, Elijah asked Elisha what he most wanted. Elisha was about to become a great prophet. Surely he could have anything he wanted, like Solomon did.

But Elisha had his mind on only one thing. He wanted a “double portion” of the Spirit that Elijah had had, as it’s written in other translations. What does that mean? He wanted twice the joy, twice the love, twice the peace and twice the power that Elijah had.

Isn’t that amazing? You know what is more amazing? Elijah gave it to him, in the name of God.

If you want to ask God for something special today, think about asking for a double portion of his Spirit. Your life will never be the same.

Prayer: Lord, grant to me that double portion so I can serve you doubly well. Amen.