Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


February 5, 2010

Ever hear a phrase or a story from the Bible, and it triggers in you, "Oh, that's where that comes from?" Maybe an expression used in culture like "handwriting on the wall" --everybody uses it, but it's roots are Daniel 5:5f. "Chariots of Fire" is one of those.

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 6:17 TNIV

The king of Aram decided he would take over Israel/Samaria and in doing so kill the troublesome prophet, Elisha. It wasn't to be. Word of the murderous plot came to Elisha's servant who warned his master. Elisha calmed his servant and prayed that the servant would see the mighty army that protected Elisha and the people of God--that he would see the chariots of fire. Shortly the armies of the king of Aram returned home peacefully. Elisha was right, the chariots of fire proved mightier than the chariots of Aram.

I do not know the challenges you face today. Perhaps the Lord could show us both the chariots of fire that go with us today into the fray. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." (2 Kings 6:16 TNIV)

Dale Patterson