Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

If God be for us

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2 Kings 6:16.  “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

An interesting exchange that took place between Elisha and his servant over an event which saw the servant trembling with fear in the face of what was a threatening situation. The King of Aram had sent his army to go and bring Elisha bound to him. His offence being he was pointed out as being responsible for exposing the military plans of the arameans.  Elisha’s servant saw that their residence was surrounded by the armies of the enemy who had come on the orders of their king to arrest his master and he was alarmed by what he saw.

But the message to reflect upon is provided by Elisha's response  to his servant shout of anguish, the confidence , the calmness and the faith expressed in the divine protection provided by the divine presence of the host of heavens. Elisha did not deny the presence of danger he was simply not perturbed by it. His focus rather was on God with regards to the relationship he had with Israel, his own people, the very people he had a covenant with. Elisha's attention was solely on the help that was on offer from up above, his eyes as always were lifted up above to the holy hills; they were lifted to Jehovah the God of his fathers and the one whom he serves wholeheartedly.

While the ability of the servant to see that they were surrounded by chariots of fire would have brought much relief to him, and this  only after Elisha had asked the Lord to open his eyes. On our part we need to understand that it was solely for the benefit of the unbelieving servant that this was granted, Elisha did not need to see this vision, he trusted in the God he served, he by faith knew he was never alone. Not with the covenant of his forefathers in place.

As followers of Christ and also the beneficiaries of a covenant far superior, one of the benefits which Paul drew our attention to as a result of the redemption we have in Christ Jesus, is the love that God has for us, this love is fully expressed in Jesus. Nothing shall be able to separate us from this love, he declared.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39.

As a result the question arises if God so loved us and if we abide and are established in the covenant of his agape love, if God be for us Paul asked who and what can be against us? What can threaten the position, which that love has decreed concerning us?

Now if only we can reflect on the love of God for us in Christ, if we can keep our eyes and heart firmly on this love and the wonderful promises it holds out for us in Christ, doing so by making it the anchor for our soul, then we too, just like Elisha, will be able to keep our peace while also declaring boldly, that the one who is on our side is greater than the one against us. This we can do whenever we are confronted by challenges of life with enough threat to make our hearts to tremble. 

But just in case our faith is struggling like that of the servant of Elisha, there is no harm then also praying, help me Lord to see your hand at work in my situation.

                                                                  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:45
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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