2 Kings 6:19 – And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt as though you were surrounded by some kind of enemy, ill will, devastating circumstances, or the like? Take a few moments to read 2 Kings 6:8-23 to get a more complete picture of what it means to take a walk when surrounded. The armies of Syria had completely surrounded the city of Dothan in an attempt to isolate and capture Elisha, the prophet of God who knew by Holy Spirit what the king of the Syrians was doing in his own bedroom. This is the setting in which Elisha was completely surrounded. And entire foreign army was out to get him. That is not a desirable place in which to be found.
But Elisha knew something it seems no one else knew. He knew that though an army surrounded him, the angels of the Lord surrounded the enemy army, and that for his benefit. God had opened his eyes to that truth, and it was Elisha’s prayer that brought the same revelation to his servant. But it was what followed that brought a settling to the situation. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Elisha’s ways pleased the Lord. God had opened his eyes to see the supernatural defensive security there for him. So, when the Lord told Elisha to take a walk, Elisha chose to do that which pleased God. He obeyed the Lord’s directive. He took a walk, leading the blinded Syrian army to Samaria. Once there, the king of Israel was prepared to kill them, for they were his enemies. But Elisha said, “No.” Rather, he commanded that they be given food and water. So, when they were fed and well supplied with travel provision, they were sent home to their master. And it was for that reason that Syria ceased in its attempted invasions and attacks against Israel. I urge you to, once again, read Proverbs 16:7.
Elisha took a walk when it appeared he was under an attack and potential seizure that no one could overcome. He obeyed the Lord, God answered his prayer, and Elisha led his enemies to a place where the outcome of potential war was one of peace. Again, I ask, have you ever had a time in your life when you felt as though you were surrounded by some kind of enemy, ill will, devastating circumstances, or the like? Walk with God, step out as the leader God has made you to be, and prepare yourself for entry into a place and time of peace. Take a walk into peace.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; 2 Kings 6:8-23