Thursday, July 7, 2011

Surround Your City

No matter what reality is surrounding you right now, know this, that God is with you.  That is a promise that you can take to the bank.  You can count on God.


The Bible is full of stories as proof of His Presence.  I was reading in 2 Kings 6: 13 - 18, the story of war between the Arameans and the Isrealites.  The enemy forces were sent out in the cover of night, in mass, to surround the city.  The next morning, Elisha, his servant, and troops went out to battle.  It was known the force they were about to encounter.  Upon surveying the surrounding situation, the servant become overwhelmed with the view.  "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?"  Literaly, all he could see was the view in front of him.  A looming line of soldiers ready for the attack.


My mind goes to those John Wayne westerns that are often replayed in our house.  This scene is in about every one of his productions.  His character is always sheriff, or Texas Ranger, or do-good, fighting the bad guys.  There is always that moment of sizing up the enemy, in the valley on his steed, surrounded by his armed companions.  There's that moment before battle, when he stops to evaluate, looks to the hills see what he is fighting.  He sizes up his enemy, he captures that scene.  As he looks up, he gathers his gumption, and his troops and sees victory.  He remembers why he  fighting, who he is fighting for and then courage comes.  He fights.  The good guys always win.  John Wayne never ran from a fight.


I am not running away from this weight fight either.  When Elisha and his servant surveyed their battle, Elisha said look again, "Don't be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them."  The servant looked again as Elisha prayed for God to "open" his eyes.  The servant scanned the horizon.  He saw the hills "full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha".  Warriors of God lined the edge of the craggy hills, ready for attack, ready.   Help was on the way.  God sent the back up team.


What a sight that must have been.  In their valley, they sought help from the Lord.  They looked up and saw it.  Let that soak in...that moment of victory.   They saw God on the hills, in their valley.  The battle was over at that moment because they knew who was going to do the real fighting.  God did not leave them in a bind, God did not abandon.


Whatever you are facing to day, know that your help comes from the Lord.  I have known this in the most personal way.  But it's not just for me, your radio DJ, this help is available for all.  He will line your "city" with the most awesome warriors too.  Just ask, seek and see.  Your help comes from the Lord.  He's got this battle just like He had the last one.  See your moment of victory!


How have you seen God surround your "city"?
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