The Lord Is With Us, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

2Kings 6:8-23, “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”

To add to the last previous part, let me add in Mark 4:35-38, vs. 35, Jesus had been teaching on parables, He then told His disciples to cross with Him to the other side. As they sailed by boat, “…a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow”

Comparable to Elisha, Jesus was aware that the moment they began crossing to the other side there was going to be a great windstorm. And knowing life threatening experience awaited them, He went down at the bottom of the boat and fell fast asleep. In the midst of the storm beating the boat and the water beginning to fill the boat, He was very comfortable in the storm and slept through it. Instead of His disciples remaining encouraged by the presence of the creator (Jesus) in the boat, they panicked and became hysterical.

Here is something for us to ponder on, how would you have dealt in the same situation? You have the storm beating and filling the boat with water while Jesus is in the boat? Would you have been like the disciples? Here are some things if they had considered would have made them comfortable in the storm. 1. Jesus (God with us) was present in the boat, which alone should have been comfort to make them comfortable. 2. Did they think Jesus could drown? He was (is) God. 3. Did they think the wind had power over Him? Their reaction indicate that was not in their mind, they went to find Jesus where He was a sleep and launched a complaint by saying Mark 4:38, “…“Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” In the midst of the storm they felt left alone, hopeless and helpless with the assumption that Jesus did not care. Jesus cared that’s why He was present right in the midst of the storm with them. His presence alone was enough even if He did not act.When they woke Him up from His sleep, He dealt with the situation, He said, “Peace, be still”. The storm was not defeated when He spoke, it was defeated the moment He was present in the boat with them.

This should be an encouragement to us that when Jesus is in this boat (US), we can never sink and drown simply because He cannot drown. I know for myself when the windstorm comes the first thing is panic then try to find ways to calm the storm instead of calming my nerves and encouraging myself that Jesus is present in this boat. What a comfort we have that Jesus is ever present even the times we feel we are facing storms suggesting His absence. He has said that “He will never leave us, nor forsake us”, what a promise. “Greater is He that lives in us than he that is in the world”

Coming back to Elisha handling his servant vs. 16 “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”. See how God works, He revealed to Elisha the army backing them up but He did not reveal the same to Syria the enemy. I believe that revealing to Elisha the army with them was to show him that God’s army (God) is ever present, He reveals and shows Himself so strong to those who trust in Him. God is with us and God is in control, we ask in His name, He acts according to His will, to continue, Blessings Ev

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