“None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory. – 2 Kings 6:12-23 (NIV)
When you get in a fight what would you like to see as the end result? Unfortunately, many of us immediately engage in the altercation as a knee jerk response and then process what was said and done as an afterthought. These days the majority of us don’t encounter physical altercations but we do experience many verbal altercations. Even though it seems to be the more acceptable way of dealing with disputes, at times it can prove to cause more long term ill effects.
Many altercations are fought to win because they are fueled by fear. The fight or flight response of the flesh tends to override a wholesome spiritual response. We tend to be afraid of the very thought that the other person would triumph over us so we load up our big guns and attack with the deadliest words and actions in hopes of diminishing the other person beyond recognition.
Elisha’s mannerism in battle is one that is worthy of recognition. He did not fight to win but he fought in a manner that declared that the victory had already been won. As we fight to take our opponent down we negate the power of prayer. As seen in the above referenced scripture, Elisha enlisted the help of a heaven host to fight the battle. Not only was it reiterated that the victory had already been won but God orchestrated it so that peace was restored between two opposing forces.
Lord, I thank You for helping me to see that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12).” I place every battle that I face into Your capable hands so that relationships will not be torn apart but restored anew by You.