March 14, 2008

My Dad is Bigger Than Your Dad

"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, my Lord, what shall we do?' the servant said. 'Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'" (2 Kings 6:15, 16)

There is a famous story told about two little boys who weren't getting along very well. They could't seem to resolve the "issues" between them, and neither could get an advantage over the other. So one boy came up with what he thought would be the perfect way to frighten his adversary into submission. The next time they met and began their usual argument about who should be the "top dog" in the schoolyard, the one boy said to the other: "You'd better be careful. If you touch me, I'll call me father!" To which the other boy replied: "Go ahead, call your father. It won't do you any good, 'cause my dad is bigger than your dad!"

We laugh at the scene, but in truth we live out this same experience every day of our lives. We are surrounded by threats to our physical security, our financial security, our emotional security and our spiritual security. Someone, or something, is always out to "get us," and we often enter into the same panic as Elisha's servant did in 2 Kings 16.

The servant saw "the other guy's dad," but Elisha looked beyond that and saw his own Father. With the greatest of confidence he told his terrified helper not to be afraid because his Father was a whole lot bigger than that other guy's dad.

But Elisha went one step further. He showed his servant the army of the Lord which stood protecting them from the enemy (2 Kings 6:17). We don't always see the angels who surround us, demonstrating to the world that our Father is bigger than anyone else's, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. To live in faith is to live with the confidence that no matter who, or what, threatens us, our Father is bigger. He will protect us.

Walk with your head held high; the angels have your back covered.

Lynda Schultz


  1. I love this... and have many times thought about the 'size' of my Father when something threatens me.

    He DID tell us to be like children... so this is one childlike thing that really fits what He wants.



  2. What a neat way of looking at this story! I like it. :)

  3. How easily we trust in the visible, and fret when circumstances don't 'look good'. Like Michael Card says, "Close your eyes so you can see!"

  4. How easily we trust in the visible, and fret when circumstances don't 'look good'. Like Michael Card says, "Close your eyes so you can see!"

  5. Lynda, I love this verse. May the LORD open our eyes to see how big He really is. Thank you for your challenge to live in confidence in God's strength and care.


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