Our God is Still in Charge

… and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots
of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings
6:17b (NIV)

It happened the winter of 1991.
I was a military wife living in Germany with two little girls, korosztály 7 és 5. Saját
férj, Sugár, was fighting in the Persian Gulf War, and the offensive had begun.
The news was full of scud missiles falling, and the threat to military families
living in Germany was very high. Each time I drove onto the base where we lived,
I was stopped while MPs examined my car—even underneath with mirrors to make sure
no one had planted a bomb. We were warned to stay away from places off base that
were advertised as “English speaking.” Yes, it was a tense time.

One particular night lives clearly in my memory. Én
had taken our dogs outside for their last run of the day around 11 p.m. Our apartment
was on a hill with a huge field in front, so I let them run a bit off leash before
bedtime. As I stood there, silhouetted against the sky, silently and quietly, kettő
American soldiers, fully armed, came and stood on either side of me. I looked up
and there was another American soldier on the roof of one of the apartments. Ők
said not a word. I called the dogs, thanked them, and went back in the house, deeply
moved to know that I was being cared for by these strong men.

We live in perilous times today. School shootings,
mob violence and enemies bent on doing our country harm. És mégis, invisible to us,
is an army of heavenly beings standing at God’s command, ready to help and protect
nekünk. The story of Elisha and his servant gives us insight into all that is
happening around us that we don’t even see. An angry army had been sent to destroy
Elisha, the prophet. Soldiers surrounded his city and his servant quaked. (Ezt,
I feel, was a very understandable response—terror!) És akkor, Elisha prayed that
his servant’s eyes would be opened, “and he looked and saw the hills full of horses
and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Terrible as that army seemed, God’s army
was greater still. And that van ... nem ... changed.
Our God is still in charge. He still watches over
His people. Nothing harms us except by His divine permission for a greater good.
It’s why you and I can rest in the midst of hard times.
Rejoice with King David
and believe this truth: “In peace I
will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD,
make me dwell in safety. (Zsoltár
4:8, NIV)
Pray with hope and expectancy, knowing that the God
of angel armies hears your prayers for protection and safety for your children and
iskoláik.
És, rest well each night, knowing you dwell in the safety of God’s
great arms. There’s no better place to be!
Ön szereti,
Sharon

Sharon Gamble, Moms a Prayer USA nemzeti igazgatója, lakik Dover, New Hampshire, és már feleségül középiskolai szerelmét, Sugár, mivel 1979. Ő két csodálatos lánya, két nagy fia-in-law, és három értékes unokái. Imádja kerékpáros Ray, séta mindenféle időjárásiés curling fel egy jó könyvet a lány kandalló.  

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