I want to say that I was surprised to see yet another terrorist attack on the news this morning, but to be honest, it’s almost become a part of my routine to glance up at the news while on the treadmill to see where in the world the most recent attack has occurred.
Although we are increasing our security measures across the globe, it seems people are feeling no less secure – especially in somewhere like London, when the last attack occurred even in the midst of a ‘severe’ terror threat level, where the army was put on the streets to beef things up.
You could say that some may feel ‘surrounded’ by the threat of terror on every side.
There was also a moment when one man was surrounded by the threat of terror. The king had sent ‘many horses and chariots’ to surround the city to capture Elisha the prophet, and he and his servant had no idea what was happening:
‘When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked’ – 2 Kings 6:15 (NIV)
The odds weren’t looking good! These men were completely surrounded. However just as the servant’s life began to flash before his eyes, Elisha interrupted:
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (6:16)
At this point, the servant couldn’t get back to his flash back quick enough, as now Elisha was going out of his mind! However Elisha prayed for him:
“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’ (6:17)
As his eyes were opened, fear had no more room to exist – as courage filled his heart the moment he realised they were not alone. Although he was surrounded by a power too great for him, he became grounded in the love and protection of God.
No matter what the source of fear is, let’s never forget that although we may feel surrounded, we can remain constantly grounded as we hold onto the peace and courage available to everyone who trusts in the name of Jesus!