The Cloud of Uncertainty (2 Kings 6:15-17)

2 Kings 6:15-17


15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 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.


        How easy it is to look at your personal circumstances, especially from within the cloud of uncertainty, and to wonder, “What shall we do?” Perhaps you have never been in  a place where things seemed to fall apart around you, where the enemies of God seem to have the victory. If not, you won’t understand the fear that Elisha’s servant felt. But if you have experienced something similar, you will have much sympathy for the young man.


        Elisha prayed for his servant, asking that God make it plain to him the things that God was doing behind the scenes. There was more than one army on that hill. God was not about to be defeated. The bad guys were not about to win. Though the servant, with human eyes, would never have been able to see it at the time, God was in control, moving to accomplish something amazing for his own glory.


        What do you face today? Does it look like the bad guys will win? God will not be defeated. I’m not suggesting that you go out and buy little figurines of angels so that you remember heavenly armies. Instead, I simply want to remind you that God will be glorified in all that occurs. Whether it looks good to you at present or not, the sovereign Lord of all Creation will be victorious. He will not let the bad guys win. He will not be defeated. He will vindicate his name and his holy word. Take courage, even if you cannot, at present, see the hand of God in the midst of the cloud of uncertainty.