In the small stuff and the big stuff...

God takes care of His own. It's good to be reminded of that fact. Just the other day I received such a reminder while reading a passage from 2 Kings.

Now, someone, who shall remain nameless, actually dared to comment that Kings was boring. C'mon, now. Zechariah, maybe. Numbers, perhaps. I had a dear friend who once exclaimed after reading Exodus, "I can now build a tabernacle! I read God's instructions to Moses on how to build it, Moses' reiteration back to God on how to build it, Moses instructions to the people on how to build it, the people's reiteration back to Moses on how to build it and then about how they built it." I admit the Old Testament has some passages that leave a lot to be desired on the excitement front. But, Kings?'s one of the most exciting ones, in my opinion.

Back to the point, though: God takes care of His own. I found it interesting that in one chapter in 2 Kings, God illustrated this point mightily, not just in a big thing, but also in a small one. When Elisha took the time to miraculously retrieve a lost ax head, I was reminded that God hears even the "help me" cries about the little things that concern only us. In the second passage, the situation was quite a bit more dire than losing something that belonged to someone else. A massive army had surrounded, and Elisha's servant couldn't see beyond the enemy. God was gracious to open his eyes to see the help that was there all along. So, read for yourself and be blessed in the knowledge
that no matter who or what comes against us, "those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. 2 Kings 6: 1-7

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6: 15-17


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