Trust and Follow, Part II

  • Pete Johnson
Man with tactical gear and rifle stalking in the grass

The last time we were here, we were talking about the story in 2 Kings 6:8–23. A short recap: Elisha’s servant stepped outside early one morning and much to his shock and dismay, a very large contingent of the Syrian Army had surrounded the town he was dwelling in.

 “When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city.”

Caught off guard in the moment, a moment he was not expecting, and powerless to do anything to change it, he cried out.

“And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 

This was not a request from the servant for a battle plan to execute. This was a cry from a man who was helpless and hopeless in the moment.

It is the moments that always get us. It is the moments that we can’t plan for because they come unexpectedly and too quickly.

Moments come so quickly that it is difficult to see past that moment. It is very difficult to think, speak or even act correctly in the moment.

One day everything is fine, and, in a moment, everything is disrupted.

“I didn’t see that coming” is a common saying for those who have experienced the vulnerability and tragedy that a moment can bring.

However, this servant was fortunate to have Elisha as his guide in the moment!

Elisha was able to see past the moment because he could see something that the servant failed to see.

He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.


After this revelation of truth, we don t read any more about the fear of this servant. He realized that God Almighty was in control of the moment.

It was not necessarily the great army of the LORD he saw surrounding him, yet I’m sure that was a tremendous help, it had to do with trusting and then following.

The servant trusted that Elisha had an answer. He trusted that somehow, even though he couldn’t see a way out of the moment, Elisha could, and he followed Elisha.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news at this point, but you don’t have Elisha, and it is more than likely you won’t be able to see the army of God surrounding you in your moment.

However, I do have some great news!

As believers, we have God himself working in our moments!  All we need to do is trust and follow him.

Proverbs 3:5–6 tells us:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

We can’t trust ourselves in our moments, we must trust in the one who sees the beginning from the end.

“Trusting in ourselves is like walking confidently across a rotten wooden bridge over a yawning chasm thousands of feet deep. Disaster inevitably follows.” (

Then I need to follow God’s leading and prompting in the moment.

Following God is committing everything to him, even if the worst does happen.

Psalm 37:5

“Commit your way unto the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

If I trust God, truly trust God, then I will follow Him in the moments, not for my good, but for his glory.

God is always giving us moments in which to learn to trust and follow him.

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”
― Charles Spurgeon