“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Sometimes, when I pay attention to all the problems and corruption in America and the world, I feel helpless. Like there’s too much against us. But I find hope in the Old Testament story of the young man who served the prophet Elisha.
One morning, the young servant of the prophet awoke to find the city surrounded by a great army intent on destroying them. Alarmed and afraid, he ran to Elisha and said “Alas, my master! how shall we do?” The prophet wisely answered, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
Elisha then prayed, “Lord, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
What would we see if our eyes were opened? I think we have a lot more help than we realize. In the end, truth and light will win. It isn’t as much about who will win, as it is about which side you will be on.
Ezra Taft Benson, 13th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul–and maybe your country.” Sure, maybe right now it doesn’t look to us like freedom is winning. But we know that “they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
In the end, truth and freedom will prevail. God will win. Once you know this, the question becomes not “Who will win?”, but “Will I join the winning team?” Seems like a pretty simple decision to make. As Ezra Taft Benson put it, “Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul–and maybe your country.”
Note: The account of Elisha and his servant as quoted in this article can be found in 2 Kings 6:14-17, KJV