Introduction: Elisha was a prophet in Israel during the times of the kings. Prophets were special people appointed by God to reveal His will to others. Sometimes they performed miracles like providing food for the hungry or bringing the dead back to life. Even though Elisha lived at a time when many Israelites - including the kings - did not obey God, he continued to trust in God and tell others about Him. On one special occasion, he helped his servant see that God and His angels remained in control of everything around them.
Read 2 Kings 6:15-16
Devotional: The Syrians were one of Israel’s enemies, and the two nations often battled with each other. On one particular morning, Elisha’s servant woke up to discover that the Syrian army had surrounded the city of Dothan where Elisha was living. They had come especially for Elisha. The servant was very afraid because the Syrians had a strong army, horses, and chariots. It looked like he and Elisha would soon be captured or killed because they had no one to protect them. But Elisha knew something that his servant did not know.
Read 2 Kings 6:17-19
Elisha asked God to help his servant see something special. When the servant looked up again, he suddenly saw the mountains filled by an army much bigger than the Syrians. This army was not made of men. It was an army of angels and their chariots of fire! Elisha knew that these angels would protect him and his servant from the Syrians. So Elisha then prayed that God would temporarily strike the Syrians with blindness. When God did, Elisha led them into the Israel’s capital, Samaria. Now that God had given the Syrians to Israel, the king of Israel was tempted to kill them. Instead Elisha teaches the king to treat the Syrians with kindness.
Read 2 Kings 6:21-23
DISCUSSION: How would you have felt if you suddenly saw an army of angels all around you? What do we learn from how Elisha tells the king to treat the Syrians?
Prayer: Thank God for giving us His angels to watch over us and ask Him to help us know that He is always taking care of us.