Pastor’s Pen: The rest of the team

Let’s say you love to play football.  You suit up and go out onto the field for the big game.  You line up and get down in your stance.  There’s only one problem, you’re the only one from your team on the field.  It’s you versus 11 big, athletic guys for a full-on tackle football game.  Will you win?  Never.  You could be the best in the business, but by yourself you would never defeat another fully manned team.  You need the rest of your players.

This must have been how Elisha’s servant felt in 2 Kings 6.  The king of Aram was attempting to attack the king of Israel.  However, God would let Elisha know where the king of Aram was setting up camp and Elisha would warn the king of Israel.  After happening time and time again, the king of Aram sought out the traitor in the camp.  There was none.  Elisha was the culprit.

The king decided to attack and kill Elisha.  The powerful army went at night surrounding the city where Elisha was staying.  Elisha’s servant woke up the next morning and saw this massive army.  He said, “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?”  He was scared, but Elisha wasn’t.  Elisha replied, “Don’t be afraid.  Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

The servant must have seemed confused and thought Elisha was going senile.  Elisha asked God to open the servant’s eyes.  When He did, the servant saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire.  There truly was a much larger army there than just the two of them.

Many times when we get into difficult situations one of two things happens:  1) We think we can handle this ourselves or 2) We don’t think it’s able to be handled.

But both have the same answer – Open your eyes and look around.  You’re not the only one on the team.  In fact, you’re the smallest member of the team.  God is the rest of the team and has graciously allowed you to join the dominant side.  He doesn’t need you, but has allowed you to be part of, what will be, utter victory.

So when life is tough, remember “those who are with us are more than those who are with them”.  Do your part to loyally follow the commander and let Him take care of the rest.