Chariots of Fire
Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 6-7
Key Verse: 2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then 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.
Occasionally, God allows us a brief glimpse of the eternal realities that we cannot see with normal sight. But let us be extremely careful and remember that the devil is an angel and one third of the angels of Heaven were consigned to this Earth with Satan. We can be confident on God’s angelic protection. His angels are a majority of at least two to one, and God could’ve created more; whereas the devil is the destroyer, not the creator. Hebrews 1:1-14 is a New Testament reading on angels. A religious cult goes door to doors teaching that Jesus is an angel. Not so! He is God! (Hebrews 1:8). The prince of darkness, who masquerades as an angel of light, will do all he can to diminish Jesus. The King of Israel and his court represent human authority. Elisha and the elders represent spiritual authority, which grows directly in proportion to the fervency of the prayers and faith of spiritual leaders. So that our hearts will be as full of God as our heads, spend an equal time in prayer as we spend reading God’s Word.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, as Your disciples asked You, “Teach us to pray!” Even so, I ask You this blessing, not just what to say when I pray, Lord, but to actually do it with fervency. I believe You now for Your Spirit to come upon me, giving me a spirit of intercession. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
The well-known Pastor Charles Spurgeon, of All Souls Church in London, England, preached on “Man’s Extremity, God’s Opportunity.” I think of his message as I meditate on the circumstances of Israel in today’s reading. Here’s a little insight about the four lepers mentioned in 2 Kings 7:3. There is a tradition, not in the Bible, that these were the former servant of Elisha, Gehazi, and his three sons.
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