One of the prophets of the Old Testament in the Bible was Elisha, and he was a towering example of peacemaker and is relevant for us today. The sixth chapter of II Kings describes how he took part in and witnessed the quick and harmonious end of what looked to be a protracted war between Israel and Syria. It states that the king of Syria made war against Israel and sent his army to pursue their army. Through his prayer Elisha was able to discern their plans and warned the king of Israel at least three times where the Syrians were in order to avoid them.
This caused the king of Syria to think that one of his advisers was a spy for Israel. His advisors finally discerned and let him know that it was Elisha who was protecting the armies of Israel. So the king of Syria sent a great number of soldiers with horses and chariots and surrounded the city where Elisha was. In the morning, upon seeing the city surrounded, Elisha’s servant went to his master very fearful and said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” Elisha reassured him that the forces that were supporting them were greater than the forces of the opposing armies. Elisha prayed to the Lord that the servant’s eyes would be opened, and when they were, he saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. These were the angels of their protection.
Elisha then prayed that the soldiers would be blinded and he led them to the king of Israel. There he prayed for their eyes to be opened. The king of Israel asked if he should kill them. Elisha said to give them food and drink and send them back to their master. They returned to the king of Syria and the Bible records that the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel. In other words, through the efforts of Elisha and prayer to God, the war was ended peacefully.
To me, the pivotal point in this incident was when Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes should be opened to see that the resources that were available or supporting them were far more than the resources against them. This actually resonates soundly with me and was instrumental in an healing that I had of almost total loss of vision a couple of years ago. See the testimony about this situation at this link: http://christianscience.com/prayer-and-health/real-life-experiences-of-healing/more-accounts-of-healing/vision-restored. I am extremely grateful for this example of seeing God’s angels come into my experience and with them came the healing.
When I heard the song by a group called It’s about good titled “Angels are everywhere,” it strongly and harmoniously moved me. I think it reflects what Elisha’s servant saw and what I saw in my healing. I have received permission and am glad to share it with you from their album Clarity at this link: http://itsaboutgood.bandcamp.com/track/angels-are-everywhere. (Click on the arrow to begin)
I’m also reminded of a verse from Psalms about inner and outer peace where it says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Ps. 46: 10,11)
I will look to follow the towering example set by Elisha, to see that “angels are everywhere” and to know that the forces supporting these efforts are more powerful than any army. There are many places where this approach could be applied in our present world. The situation in Syria today is just one example. Will you join in this work?