We are NEVER alone!
The Syrian army was sent by the king to capture Elisha. When Elisha’s young servant saw the great army, it’s no wondered that he was frightened. But Elisha wasn’t worried. He knew something that young man did not know. He knew that there were hosts of angels ready to protect them. Elisha told his young friend not to be afraid. Then he prayed for the Lord to open his servant’s spiritual eyes and allow him to see the heavenly army full of angels, horses and chariots of fire there and ready to fight.
What an incredible sight that must have been! I’m sure the heart of that young man was immediately comforted. I don’t think that angels fighting for Elisha was a one-time occurrence between heaven and earth. I believe there are angels helping us and fighting for us all the time. They just remain unseen to our veiled eyes.
There is a quote I’ve heard my whole life that says, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” I don’t like that thought at all, because I don’t believe it is true. There is no where in the scriptures that teaches us that it is truth. We came to the earth to have an experience that would test us, stretch us, and help us become more like our Heavenly Parents. That growth would be impossible without hard times, times that push us to our limit and a little past it. That is the reason we are here. What we are promised is that we are not left to struggle all alone. We read over and over in the scriptures about our Savior Jesus Christ and how He endured in Gethsemane and on the cross so that He would be able to save us, help us, and empower us. I have found that it is in those very situations where I have been given more than I can handle, that I do turn to the Lord and have always found heaven’s help available.
We will experience hardships in life, but we are never alone! With the Lord’s help, we can handle any challenge. He is there for us and so are His heavenly helpers. There have been many conference talks that reference the ministering of angels in our lives. In his conference talk titled, “The Ministry of Angels,” Elder Holland said,
“I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so, I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face.”Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
I believe there will come a time when we will know of all the angelic interactions in our lives. I am certain we will be surprised by just how often we had angels by our sides fighting for us just like the angel army that Elisha could see.
Have you had an experience when you knew that you were being strengthened to handle your challenges beyond your own abilities? I hope you will share those experiences with your families.
The Primary Manual for Come Follow Me is perfect for families with young children!
July Week 1 Lesson: July 4–10. 2 Kings 2–7: “There Is a Prophet in Israel” (churchofjesuschrist.org)
Click below for FREE DOWNLOADABLE coloring pages from Rising Moon Adventures that I created to go with the above lesson and the stories of Elisha:
Primary Insights for Come Follow Me –
Elisha and the Lord’s Army:
Song 1: Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin
Video 2: Story behind the Song Whom Shall I Fear