4 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
2 Kings 6:16 (CSB): “Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.’”
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
Did you know that as you go through this day you may be surrounded by angels? You can’t see them but they will be there.
And forget much of what you think about angels. Unfortunately, too many folks don’t get their information from Scripture and are therefore horribly misinformed. This is true of angels. Often, when the topic of angels is discussed, people are thinking about dainty beings that look more like children that happen to have wings on their backs.
If that was true, why in the world do we read in Scripture that when angels showed up, the men and women who saw them fell to the ground in fear and the angels had to say, “Do not be afraid”?
When the Bible calls God the “Lord of hosts,” it’s saying that He is the ruler of Heaven’s army (the angels are the fierce warriors in that army). They aren’t to be trifled with. They are impressive beings that are capable of doing anything the Lord desires for them to do.
In our Bible reading today, we read the story of when the king of Aram led his army to surround the city in which Elisha slept. Early in the morning, as Elisha’s servant woke up and went out to casually view the hillside, he was horrified when he saw the surrounding army! He was filled with fear! And he told Elisha!
Listen to Elisha’s response. He wasn’t afraid at all. Why?
2 Kings 6:16-17 (CSB): “Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘LORD, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a powerful, unspeakably impressive angelic army. It was invisible to the naked eye but it was there, nonetheless, to protect them.
Now, we may be tempted to wish that we could experience something like that. After all, wouldn’t it be neat to be able to see an angel, one of God’s powerful soldiers? Wouldn’t it be even more amazing to meet one of them?
Well, you probably already have. Maybe even today you will meet one. So, be nice to everyone you meet!
Hebrews 13:2 (CSB): “Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.”
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Lord Jesus, help me to remember that I’m never, ever alone in this life. You have promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Further, You have assigned angels to serve and protect your children. I just might bump into one of them today. So, help me to see my life in Christ as an adventure to be enjoyed to the fullest. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.