Life Is Not Quite as Bad as You Think
II Kings 6:8-17
December 4, 2005
INTRODUCTION: In this story the king of Syria had sent his army to arrest Elisha. During the night, while he was sleeping, the army had surrounded him. On the next morning, the Bible says that Elisha's servant rose up and went out...probably went down to Mc Donald's for a sausage biscuit and cup of coffee, when all of a sudden he happened to look up in time to see himself surrounded by an army: In (vs. 15), it says; And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?"
Have you ever felt like that? I mean, you got up one morning, stretched yourself a bit, went off to work, and before the day was over you felt like you'd been surrounded by an army? Maybe it was something that happened on the job that day--maybe it was an unexpected phone call...or, maybe your circumstances have been going on for some time; but be that as it may, like Elisha's servant, you have been taken back by unexpected things that have come your way. Elisha's servant cried out; "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
This is a danger point. You can sense the fear and the lack of confidence in this young man--all he could see was the army. We all remember the story of Elijah in the cave, when he was hiding from Jezebel who was seeking his life. When God spoke to him, Elijah said, "Lord, I'm the only one left. All of your prophets have been slain, and I'm about to lose my life." Sounds like a pity part to me: "I don't know what I'm going to do or how I'm going to get out of this mess." Or worse yet, we begin to think like Elijah, "I'm all by myself--no one could possibly have it as bad as I do."
Dr. Park Tucker was a chaplain for the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. One day he was walking down the street, feeling rather low and d ...
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