076R - They that Be with Us

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 2.

I would like to share one of the first Old Testament stories that ever impressed me as a child. In that story, it seems that the king of Syria declared war on Israel. But every time he attempted to ambush the king of Israel, Elisha the prophet of God would warn Israel’s king, and the ambush would be thwarted. Now, this happened so many times that the Syrian king became convinced he had spies somewhere in his ranks who were tipping off Israel’s king.

A servant of the Syrian king told him that Elisha the prophet was the one warning Israel’s king. Well, the king of Syria determined that he was going to take Elisha. By spies, he learned that Elisha was staying in Dothan. The king sent a large army of men with chariots and horses, and by night they surrounded the city of Dothan.

Early the next morning, Elisha’s servant comes outside, and what dies he see? – well, an army of Syrian soldiers surrounding the city. Imagine waking up to that! In a panic, he runs back to Elisha.

“Alas my master,” he says, [what are we going to do?] (2 Kings 6:15)

Well now, I think I know in part a little of how he must have felt. I don’t know how many times in recent years I have been surrounded and overwhelmed with opposition, responsibility, and deadlines. There have been times when I could see absolutely no way out, and I too was in a worried panic. And I suspect I’m probably not the only one who’s been there. Now for that person who’s there now, or soon will be, this is the rest of the story?

Elisha came out and surveyed the situation. “Fear not:” he said, “for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)

I almost laugh when I think of the reaction of Elisha’s servant to that. I – he could count, couldn’t he? Just imagine the look on his face when he counted two against an army!

Elisha knew that his servant didn’t understand and so he prayed, “Lord I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17)

Suddenly, the eyes of Elisha’s servant were opened and he saw on the mountains around the city a great heavenly host with fiery horses and chariots surrounding the Syrian army and standing in protection of the man of God. Well, even though the record is silent, I believe the servant of Elisha had a great boost to his confidence with that, and was no longer worried. (see 2 Kings 6)

Nor should we be! We live in the presence of the hosts of heaven. They see us, they know us, and they love us, and oft times in difficult situations are appointed to help us, though we may never see them. (see Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine)

The Savior once said, “Be still, and know that I am God: …” (Psalms 46:10)

May the Lord so bless you.

Glenn Rawson – January 1998
Music: Music for a Sunday Afternoon, volume 2, track 4 (edited) – Lex de Azevedo
Song: Behold! A Royal Army - Afterglow