Ps. 121: 1- 3 "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber."
No matter what reality is surrounding you right now, know this, that God is with you. That is a promise that you can stand on. You can count on God. Every time.
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 usually the good guy in the well worn, trail-dirty hat, the Mr. Do-Good, fighting against the bad guys. There is always that moment of sizing up the enemy, in the valley, the lowest place on his trusty steed, surrounded by his armed companions.
There's that moment before battle...
...when he stops to evaluate, looks to the hills see who 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 in the movie. We watch John Wayne embrace the battle, and standing on what he knows.
Life is full of battles...
When Elisha and his servant surveyed their options, 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 the attack, ready to fight the battle. God sent the back up team.
What a sight that must have been. In their valley, they sought help from the Lord. At their lowest point, they looked up and saw the Lord's help. Let that soak in...that moment of victory, that moment before the battle sets defeat in their hearts and in their minds. They saw hope.
They lifted their prayers to the only one who could save them and they saw God help and hope, from their valley, their lowest point.
Don't miss this...there has to be a low spot to see the high points of faith. We have to let the God who equips us, prepare us. We prepare so that we can carry His armor, and to be ready to fight for what is important. With God's help and hope we embrace battles His way. We can't relent, retreat, or be lacking in bravery. We aren't in life's battle alone. God does not leave us in a bind, nor does God abandon.
He sees us through every battle.
Never remove His sovereignty from your situation.
How have you seen God surround your "city"?