The God of Angel Armies

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. 2 Kings 6:14-17

I know many people don’t believe God works miracles today. I know people who believe that God created the world and then sat back to watch it all unfold, without ever intervening again. And I think in America, at least, we are so comfortable and free from oppression that we often don’t see the miracles that God is doing.

But I believe He is constantly performing miracles. Even today.

I wrote a post recently about this verse: Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25

Those books could still be written. There are the “little” things that happen here. Like a job coming through, daily provisions. I was told about a single woman who lost her job and got to the point where she had mustard and water in her fridge. She went to church and someone approached her and said, I don’t know why, but I am supposed to give you this. And handed her a grocery gift card.

These things certainly aren’t little to the people who receive them, but they are easy to explain away. For those who don’t want to see miracles, they are easily dismissed.

Then there are the miracles that can’t be explained away.

There is a village in Papua New Guinea. The daughter of the Christian missionaries in that village is in my small group at church. The Christians in the village were under attack. There was one particular Pagan witch doctor who was the most active and hostile against this church. There were beatings and abductions. One man was beaten so badly, he was unable to preach for several weeks afterwards. And at least two young women were taken and held hostage.  The church had been praying for their safety and return. We had been praying for their safety and return. A world away, sitting in our comfortable church, safe from the persecution experienced by so many Christians in other parts of the world, we had the privilege of joining them in prayer.

About a month and a half later, the girl in my small group had an amazing story for us. One of the kidnapped girls had been returned a couple of weeks after we first heard what was happening. Then one night, the church in Papua New Guinea gathered to pray for the second girl. They prayed that she would be released and returned safely to them, as Peter was released from prison in Acts 12. At daybreak the next morning, she arrived on their doorstep. Trembling from head to foot, not knowing what had happened, only that she “flew” to them. I am certain the rejoicing was intense.

A few days later, the Pagan witch doctor came to the pastor’s door. He was terrified and came to ask what in the world was going on. He told his side of the story.

He was alone guarding the girl in a hut up in the mountains. Suddenly he heard an army outside and opened the door to look. He saw no one, but was immediately thrown face down to the ground, paralyzed. When he was able to get up again, the girl was gone.

God sent an angel army to rescue her. Our human eyes aren’t open to see so much of what goes on. We can’t see God at work because of our clouded vision. And when there is nothing left that humans can do, we get to see God’s almighty power pour out over the circumstances of our lives.

And the Pagan witch doctor? He doesn’t want to lose his credibility, so he is coming to the pastor’s house regularly, during the night, so he won’t be seen. He wants to know more about this God who can do such things.

So do I.

 


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