Fighter Verse For July 19, 2015
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! –Psalm 34:6-8
Our God is a delivering and protecting God. He sends his angels to set up camp around those who fear him. In 2 Kings 6, Elisha’s servant Gehazi was afraid of the Syrians because they were about to attack. Elisha prayed and asked the Lord to open up Gehazi’s eyes so that he could see the reality of the situation. When God answered, Gehazi was able to see that the mountain was filled with angels sitting atop chariots of fire. The angels were there all along, but Gehazi only saw because Elisha cried to the Lord in prayer.
When we have troubles, we are not to just sit and be silent. God desires for us to cry out to him. He wants us to taste and see that he is good, but he waits until we call upon him before he shows us. God opened the eyes of Gehazi so he could see the angels encamped around them ready to protect. Yet the Syrians still came down off the mountain to attack. God waited until Elisha prayed to the Lord again and asked for him to strike the enemy with blindness. He did not deliver them from their troubles until this prayer ascended to the heavens.
Yesterday Sammy (our 5 year old) and Elsa (our 3 year old) were playing in Sammy’s room. Elsa was outside of Sammy’s door and he was on the inside. She opened up the door a crack and tried to hand a small car into him. He did not want the car and decided instead to slam the door upon her fingers. The rest of us were in conversation in the kitchen. Elsa let out a shriek that set us all on edge. I bolted out of the kitchen and ran to rescue our little girl from her trouble. I was there in an instant, holding her in my arms. I got an ice pack and sat with her on the chair until she was comforted enough to get down. She cried out, and I rescued her from the trouble.
What troubles do you find yourself in this morning? Jesus wants you to taste and see that he is good. Yet he seems perfectly content to wait until you cry upon him before he helps. Take refuge in Jesus today. Blessed is the one who fears not the situation, but rather the Lord sovereign over it.