Friday, December 07, 2018

Advent Angels 7

Day 7: Warrior Angels

The king of Aram has been waging war on Israel, but every time he tries to attack, the Israelite prophet Elisha hears from God telling him where the attack will fall. Eventually The king of Aram realises that Elisha is the fly in the ointment, and resolves to get rid of him. He sends a large and well-equipped army to surround the prophet’s house in the middle of the night. When Elisha’s servant gets up in the morning, he is (rightly!) terrified at the sight of all these soldiers, hell-bent on eradicating Elisha, and presumably him as well.

Elisha, though, does not seem afraid, and asks God that his servant’s eyes should be opened. “Do not be afraid,” Elisha says to him “for there are more with us than there are with them.” The servant sees that  the mountains all around them are filled with an even greater army, the army of God, with all its horses and chariots of fire.

·         Imagine you are the servant in this story. What might it feel like suddenly to see that you are not alone and that “there are more with us than there are with them”?

·         When you are going through difficult times, what sources of strength outside you do you have to call on?

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