God’s Sovereignty Over the Nations
Today’s reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:6
My selection: II Kings 6:16-18
He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. 18 And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.
My reflections: During the time of Elisha’s ministry, the Lord showed His power over the nations. In this incident, the king of Syria came after Elisha who could report to the king of Israel the words his enemy spoke in his bedroom. The Lord delivered Elisha and taught his servant a lesson as well that “those who are with us are more that those who are with them.”
This victory led to a time of peace with Syria but when it was broken by Syrian aggression the Lord again showed His power and turned around the desperate situation in Samaria in one day. Famine turned to feasting and the skeptical captain who doubted God’s power to fulfill Elisha’s prophecy was punished with death.
Throughout these examples we see that God is sovereign even in seemingly impossible situations. He is not limited or hindered by human power. He is faithful to His Word.
My challenge: Do you trust in His sovereign power in your personal life and in the entire world today? Do you rejoice even when things look bleak knowing that His purposes cannot be thwarted?
As you look at what appears to be the hopeless state of affairs, trust in Him. Rejoice in Him. Be steadfast.
Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Kings 8:7-10:17