We all have our troubles…
We all come to that point in our life when we say…
“That’s it, I have done everything I can do. I cannot do this by myself anymore”
You are not alone!
In the darkest of times…God and his angels are with you.
Even though the enemy and the problems of life seem to have you surrounded, God outnumbers the enemies and the problems.
Read 2 Kings 6:8-23
8 When the king of Syria was warring against Israel, after counseling with his servants, he said, In such and such a place shall be my camp.
9 Then the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Beware that you pass not such a place, for the Syrians are coming down there.
10 Then the king of Israel sent to the place of which [Elisha] told and warned him; and thus he protected and saved himself there repeatedly.
11 Therefore the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing. He called his servants and said, Will you show me who of us is for the king of Israel?
12 One of his servants said, None, my lord O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.
13 He said, Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him. And it was told him, He is in Dothan.
14 So [the Syrian king] sent there horses, chariots, and a great army. They came by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?
16 [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
17 Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
18 And when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, Smite this people with blindness, I pray You. And God smote them with blindness, as Elisha asked.
19 Elisha said to the Syrians, This is not the way or the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek. And he led them to Samaria.
20 And when they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these men that they may see. And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw. Behold, they were in the midst of Samaria!
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, My father, shall I slay them? Shall I slay them?
22 [Elisha] answered, You shall not slay them. Would you slay those you have taken captive with your sword and bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and return to their master.
23 So [the king] prepared great provision for them, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
The Amplified Bible. (1987). (2 Ki 6:8–23). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Focusing on verses 15-17, you notice that the servant (that could me you and me) can see they are surrounded by the enemy.
We have so many things in our lives that are not going our way. We question what we did wrong.
Have I been trying to do everything under my power and my way?
Have I forgotten what God can do?
Do I even know that Jesus even died for me and if I accept His free gift, that makes me a Child of God?
No matter where you are in your life, God can meet you there.
So many of us come from broken homes: no mother, no father, no friends….
Psalm 103:13–18 (NASB95)
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.
God knows us!
He created us!
In verse 17 of 2 Kings, Elisha prayed that the servant would have his eyes opened.
Then he could see the heavenly host that surrounded them and it outnumbered the enemy.
Ephesians 6:12–13 (NASB95)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
The point for this post today is to let you know you are not alone.
No matter where you are or how bad you think you have been, God is there.
If you have not giving your life over to Jesus Christ, do that now!
Romans 10:9–11 (NASB95)
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
If you know you are a Christian, name your sins to God and start living in His Ways, not your own.
1 John 1:9–10 (NASB95)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
Start living The Christian Life.
Enjoy this song “Surrounded”
It may look like I'm surrounded, but I'm surrounded by you.