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When Elisha's servant goes outside early in the morning he panics. The entire city is surrounded by enemy soldiers from Aram. He knows exactly why they are there. His master, Elisha, has been repeatedly revealing Aram's attack plans to the king of Israel. The King of Aram has sent soldiers are there to capture Elisha! The helper is in a tizzy until Elisha proceeds to show him that the hills are covered with God's chariots of fire!

Elisha then proceeds to ask God to blind the soldiers. Once they are blind he convinces them that they are in the wrong place. He volunteers to take them to to the person that they are looking for. Over ten miles later he asked God to open their eyes. He has led them right into the capital city of Samaria. They are literally standing before the very king they have repeatedly failed to ambush. AWKWARD! The King asks Elisha if he is supposed to kill them. Surprisingly, Elisha tells him to feed them and peacefully send them home.

Elisha was fully aware of the incredible massive force at his disposal first thing that morning. Yet, instead of using them to crush his enemies he used a little humor and hospitality to teach, ME, a lesson. How often do I have the upper hand and then back off in an act of mercy? I notoriously want to prove my point, seek justice and get my way. This Biblical account tugged at my heart! He played nicely AND everyone won! I want to be like Elisha!

 

Romans 12:17-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


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