What can we do? This question is frequently impressed upon my heart in response to many overwhelming & discouraging atrocities and injustices plaguing our world & communities today. Most recently in a discussion with my brother about the ongoing & seemingly worsening Fukushima catastrophe that took place in 2011, I became burdened with a feeling of helplessness. Today it’s quietly being underreported that due to the nuclear plant meltdown during Fukushima, the Pacific Ocean is now becoming dangerously contaminated with radiation showing up on California shores. Adversely affecting sea life, and threatening the health and well being of all life within its reach. Beyond this looming dark cloud of death & despair, linger other dark clouds of the same character, manufactured by the dictator of darkness himself, the devil. As I write this now I can hear the news caster’s voice from a distant television, reporting a missing air craft that took off from Malaysia and has literally vanished in mid air with 200 passengers on board. Yesterday I received a text from my wife prompting me to pray since there had been a fatal explosion in an east Harlem residential building at 9:30 in the morning. So what can we do? The rumors of war, the untimely death due to sickness, poverty, violence, each case of abuse, and neglect, the persecution of the church, the perversion of morality, the attack on family & marriage, the campaign of evil powered by music, movies, television & literature. We believers know the spiritual warfare that is taking place, and understand what’s behind the rapid increase of the desensitization to sin in this world, and the result of it. Even with this knowledge at times we can still feel helpless and frightened as we see bible prophecy unfolding further each day. In Mark 29:13 Jesus said “So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near- at the doors!”
In Romans 6:23 Paul writes; “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The latter half of that scripture is so much easier to read, but no truer than the 1st. Even the earth’s natural disasters are a result of the fall. Paul describes this in Romans 8:21-22- “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pains together until now.” So the question remains; what can I do? Well there are many answers to this question found in the word of God. Psalm 91 being one, and 1 John 4:4 being another, but I would like to focus on one particular story that recently resonated with me.
The story of Elisha’s servant, a young man like myself who became afraid as the enemy drew near his camp and even asked the very same question that I find myself asking today. 2 Kings 6: 8-23 tells us of a time when God shut the eyes of the enemy & opened the eye of Elisha’s fearful servant. Elisha was a mighty man of God, a prophet! My assumption is, if you knew Elisha, you knew Jehovah, by his workings through the prophet. Therefore Elisha’s servant must have been well acquainted with the mighty power and provision of God. Even still Elisha’s servant became afraid when he arose early one morning to find his camp had been surrounded by the enemy sent by the King of Syria. A great army of horses and chariots had come by night and surrounded the place where Elisha dwelt. Kind of what it seems like when we awake to terrible news on any given day. Elisha’s servant shouted frantically “Master! What shall we do?” This question although now, may be more contemplative than immediate as in the context it was asked then, is the same question ultimately. The same concern is felt. The enemy is all around, and they appear to be great in number and strength. So what was Elisha’s response to his servant’s panicked reaction? “Fear not; for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” What?! How crazy is that? Elisha’s servant is looking at a giant wave of wickedness about to flood their camp, and yet Elisha confidently assures his servant there is no need to fear for they are greater in number and strength than the enemy. Elisha was obviously plugged into the unseen, aware of the supernatural; and although he may have been weak in himself he was strong in his reliance upon God. Elisha prayed for God to open the eyes of his servant. And the Lord did. When the eyes of Elisha’s servant were opened he saw the mountain full of Angels, horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. Elisha and his servant were not alone! And neither are we. Elisha then prayed that the enemy would be blinded, subsequently fooled foiling their plan of attack. In the end, Elisha chose not to retaliate advising the king of Israel to feed the enemy and send them back to their master instead of killing them. This speaks to me about God’s abounding mercy & the authority we have as God’s people. When because of our Lord Jesus Christ, our enemies retreat to their master, defeated & empty handed, they will know we are a Godly people that cannot be moved, nor shaken. They will know that we are grounded in the Lord. My prayer is that God open our eyes as he did Elisha servant. That we may sleep peacefully amidst the trials of this world because we have the peace and the hope of Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters in Christ be strong, be courageous, and trust in the Lord with all your heart. We roll deeper!