Summary: "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" Have you ever been in that situation? Have you ever been in that predicament? When you felt so overwhelmed? That you are facing innumerable odds?
2 Kings 6:14-17-Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 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?"
16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
17 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.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Sorry I haven’t written sooner. But I broke my arm and left leg, when I jumped from the second floor of my dormitory...when we had the fire. We were lucky. A young service station attendant saw the blaze and called the Fire Department. They were there in minutes. I was in the hospital for a few days. Paul, the service station attendant, came to see me every day. And because it was taking so long to get our dormitory liveable again, I moved in with him. He has been so nice. We are planning to get married in the fall, since I am pregnant. I hope things are fine at home, and will write more when I get the chance.
Your daughter, Susie.
Mom and Dad, I just want you to know that everything I've written so far in this letter is false. None of it is true. But, Mom and Dad, it is true that I got a C- in French and flunked my math class... but I just wanted you to have the right perspective in getting that news, that things could be a lot worse than failing two classes!
"Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
Have you ever been in that situation?
Have you ever been in that predicament?
When you felt so overwhelmed?
That you are facing innumerable odds?
And all you can think about is….”What am I going to do?”
“How am I going to get out of this situation?”
This servant is asking the one he is serving for advice!
We need to learn from this servant, he is crying out to his master, we should do the same!!
Now, don’t get me wrong, we cry out to God sometimes…”Lord, what am I going to do?”
I want you to notice, how the servant words this cry of desperation…..”What shall we do?”
He is recognizing his dependence upon the master to lead him, to guide him, to help him make wise choices in this situation.
We should have that much wisdom!
The servant realizes that the master is involved in the same situation as he is in.
That is something that you and I have to remember, that God has active part in our life, that He has something invested in us, that He is interested in what is happening to us.
Philippians 1:6-being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 5:7-casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Just remember what the New Testament has taught about God’s concern about our circumstances!
People are hungry and Jesus feeds the 5 thousand
People are sick and Jesus heals them
People die and Jesus brings them back to life
People are dying in their sins, and Jesus lays down His life for their sins
So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
You may feel outnumbered but remember Who’s by your side!
When you are thinking your all alone and struggling with a problem, I want you to think about the people that has prayed for you and that are praying for you right now (Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Pastor, Friends)!!
"LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see."
We have so much trouble seeing past our adversity, that we don’t see what God has already done for us, and seeing what God is doing and having the foresight to see what
God is going to do!!
A shoe manufacturer who decided to open the Congo market sent two salesmen to the undeveloped territory. One salesman cabled back: "Prospect here nil. No one wears shoes." The other salesman reported enthusiastically, "Market potential terrific! Everyone is barefooted."
We are so blinded by our circumstances!
We are so blinded by our adversities!
We our blinded by our own narrow vision, that we don’t see all that God is doing!!
When he opened his eyes he seen past the problem (Enemy at the walls), and seen the solution! (God’s army had them all surrounded).