As we conclude, we see Elisha pursued and God causing his enemies to be blind, and instead of taking advantage of the situation to revenge, he chose to be different.
Without releasing and letting them go as they came, the king was encouraged to show kindness to them. They set food before them, and not tiny little food but a great feast as the bible puts it. Read and you will discover, they ate, drank and had a good time and thereafter they were released to go back to their master and so the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel. Here is what we are encouraged to do, Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink: for in doing so thou shall heap coals of fire on his head”. Elisha was able to treat these men well because of God, and the more he also showed kindness the more the people around him became affected and they changed their ways too.
Don’t we want to desire Him more so as to make a difference in people’s lives especially those we would have wanted to put in the enemy column? If the Lord’s presence was not with Elisha, he would have treated them the way the world would. If the Lord was not with us, we would be no different from the world. I see the same with Jesus as recorded in Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him” Jesus had more enemies than anyone on earth, to make the matters worse, He knew them and yet He still showed them kindness and goodness. He had all the power He needed to destroy them yet He used the power to serve them why? because Acts 10:38 says, “…for God was with Him”
Luke 6:27-36 “27 But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful”. Elisha did all these expecting nothing in return for God was with him, may the Lord’s presence make a difference in our lives. Blessings Ev
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- Our God Is Powerful, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
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