1. We can face loss, health challenges, uncertainty and problems with confidence because of who we have as our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). The challenge is that when we’re in the middle of one of these difficulties, it’s easy to start doubting because we can’t physically see Jesus. How could 2 Kings 6:8-17 encourage you to remember that God is present and on your side in the midst of challenges?
Hebrews 4:14-16 - 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
2 Kings 6:8-17 - 8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 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.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 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.
Can you think of some reasons why it is so hard to maintain our confidence in Jesus when we face difficult times?
Additional Question: What truths about God or Jesus do we begin to doubt when we get in tough times?
Have you ever had someone in your life who reminded you of Jesus’ presence and power when you were in the midst of a difficult time?
Not everyone will have an answer for this question, but those who do should have a good story to tell.
- How difficult is it for you to maintain the idea that “those who are with us are more than those who are with them?”
- What helps you develop the perspective of God being bigger than your challenges or problems?
- What are the biggest hurdles for you maintaining the perspective that God is bigger than your challenges and problems?
- What is something you could do to remind yourself of who Jesus really is in the midst of a challenge or crisis?
- Do you think most people have this perspective when they face challenges and problems?
- If you had been standing there when Elisha’ said, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” how do you think you’d have felt?
Note: If you want to know the rest of the story read, 2 Kings 18-23.