Crabtree Acres

More With Us
By Carolyn Bost Crabtree

I heard a song this week that encouraged me in quite a different way. So much change is happening so quickly in our world today that I get a little overwhelmed and think that no one “out there” seems to care that we are losing our freedoms almost overnight. The repeating phrase of this song said “There are more with us, than there are with them”. It seems to be based on the Scripture in II Kings 6:16 when Elisha and his attendant were facing a great army that had come to seize him. Elisha had been helping the king of Israel against the king of Aram; the king of Aram was extremely angry over this and wanted to kill Elisha. He sent his great army during the night and surrounded Dothan where Elisha was staying. When Elisha's attendant got up and saw the army around the city, he became frightened and saw no hope for the city. But Elisha told his attendant, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha prayed; God opened the eyes of the attendant and he saw a mountain full of mighty horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha. Elisha prayed and God struck the attacking army with blindness. While they were blind Elisha tricked them and took them to the city where the king of Israel was located, fed them and then sent them home. They never returned because they had seen the power of Israel’s God.

Christians may feel like the attendant right now with all the evil that seems to be in control of our nation. We don’t really know what to do because we are afraid. Young people are not exempt from this same fear; you feel it in your parents and family members. Fear will keep us all from listening to God and hearing what He wants to tell us. But I believe God is saying to us, “Do not fear, for those who are with you are more than those who are with them.” It seems like many of Satan’s angels are working overtime right now, but God’s angels are more powerful and are many more in number. Satan and 1/3 of the angels left heaven during the fall, but there is still an all-powerful God and 2/3 of His angels left to protect and keep us. Even if there were only one angel with our powerful God, there would still be more with us than are with them. If I let myself look at the things going on around me, I may become afraid and forget what God has promised us. He says that He will never leave or forsake us. Never!! He says He will provide our needs and His children will not be begging for bread. We may not always have the luxuries that we have become used to having, but we will have exactly what God says we need. Trust Him and see what great and mighty works He is going to do!