“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:16,17
Turn from Baseless Fears
Fear can be good. It can make us careful and help us avoid dangerous, even tragic situations.
While some fear is healthy, baseless fear is not. This is what overwhelmed Elisha’s servant. He was terrified by what he saw. All he could see was the vast and powerful army surrounding the city. This realization brought panic and a sense of hopelessness.
We can relate to the servant’s response. We often find ourselves surrounded by enemies. The devil is always stalking us. The world is always ready to terrorize us. Unfortunately, because of the weakness of our flesh we are seized by baseless fears. We overlook the help God provides, and we fail to take God at his Word. The end result is fear. We are terrorized by what we see just like Elisha’s servant. But this is a baseless fear.
Here is where we need the Lord to intervene. So we humbly ask the Lord to open our eyes and show us the help that is readily available.
So what will we see? We will see a faithful and all-powerful Father who loves us. We will see a victorious and ever-present Savior who stands ready to rescue us. We will see a devoted Lord who will never allow anything to separate us from his love.
There is no better place to look for courage, confidence, or help than in the Lord. He will guide us in all our ways. He will rescue us from harm and danger. He will remove our baseless fears and replace them with an unshakable trust.
O loving heavenly Father, I am weak, but you are strong. I daily fail, but you always succeed. Open my eyes to recognize you are always with me. Give me faith to rely on the help you are always ready and willing to provide. Amen.