Thought for the Week – 28th February

Pastor Gareth Watkins

2 Kings 6:16

“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

As we watch the devastation and chaos of war unfold in Ukraine, our hearts go out to the people whose lives have been torn apart. In such tragic circumstances, the things that people would lean on for their strength have been ripped away. Families separated, now homeless and with only the possessions they carry. We can’t begin to imagine their anguish, or how they will cope as they leave loved ones behind.

In the world people seek to draw strength from all manner of things, placing their security in jobs, money, relationships and so on, but ultimately all can leave us lacking and vulnerable.

If everything is stripped away, where will your strength come from?

Last week we looked at David who cried out to God in his time of need, and there are many examples of our complete and utter need of Him throughout the bible.

Elisha and his servant found themselves surrounded by an enemy nation. The king of Syria had waged war on Israel but to no avail as Elisha had prophesied their movements. The king heard of this man of God and sent an army to capture him. Elisha and the entire city were surrounded on all sides and his servant cried ‘’alas! what shall we do’’. Elisha who had known the strength of God in his life time and time again stood trusting and unshaken. He urged the servant not to fear and prayed that his eyes would open so he would see what Elisha could see. The servant’s eyes opened and he saw that God had sent His mighty chariots of fire to surround and protect them.

Are your eyes open? In your difficulties do you stand firm in the power of the Almighty, or do you allow desperation and helplessness to take hold?

We can find ourselves in horrific circumstances, fear can grip individuals and entire nations. But God is greater than all things. His strength is greater than all the principalities of hell. If we abide in His strength and remain obedient to His will, we will witness His mighty hand upon us, and see the unmovable moved.

Whom shall we fear when we stand with God? He is our strength.

Isaiah 41:10
‘’Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’’

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