Same Battle, Different Players
2 Kings 6:17
“And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, 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.”
The lives of Elijah and Elisha seemed to mirror each other in the battles and situations they faced. The difference between the two was that Elisha did twice as much as Elijah. Did that make Elisha a better prophet than Elijah? No! Elisha should have done more than Elijah because he learned how to fight battles and perform miracles from Elijah. The situations that Elisha faced mirrored Elijah’s situations, but the only difference was that there were different people in these situations.
Times, battles and hardships never change. I remember when I was a younger man that my pastor used to say that he was fighting the same battles that his pastor had fought, but the only difference were the players involved. My friend, you will find that you will eventually have to face every battle that the previous generation fought. Satan never changes his battles; he only changes the players involved in those battles. There is no new battle that you have to face today that the previous generation didn’t fight. Let me give you a couple of thoughts that will help you concerning this truth.
First, you had better learn everything you can from the previous generation so that you will know how to fight the battles they fought when they come your way. One of the biggest mistakes this generation makes is that they are trying to correct what they perceive as flaws in the previous generation instead of learning how to fight the battles from the previous generation. Don’t fool yourself; you are going to face those battles, and if you don’t learn how to fight battles from the previous generation, you will find the battle will destroy you.
Second, don’t think that your generation is different from previous generations. My friend, the battlefields don’t change. You will fight for the preservation and inspiration of the King James Bible just like the previous generation had to fight for it. You will have to fight compromise and denominationalism in your lifetime just like the previous generation had to fight. You will fight the onslaught from those who hate soul winning just like the previous generation had to fight. You will not escape these battles. To try to be a generation of peace will only result in your generation being a generation of captivity to sin. The Christian walk is not a playground; it’s a battlefield.
Third, if you learn from the previous generation, you can do more than they could ever do. The greatest blessing you have is the examples from the previous generation. If you will stop trying to reinvent the wheel and just copy what they did, you will find that you won’t have to spend your time trying to figure out how to fight the battles and face the situation you face. You already have the examples of how to win the battles, so take advantage of the lessons of how to fight those battles from the previous generations.
Let me also caution the older generation from becoming jealous of the younger generation. If they follow your examples, they should do more than you just like Elisha did more than Elijah. Instead of being jealous of them, rejoice in the fact that God used you to teach this generation how to serve the LORD.