"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 2 Kings 6:16
Throughout history, it has been proven again and again that America’s soldiers have not only fought and bled for our freedom but have also fought and bled to defend what is right. Probably any soldier would admit they felt uncertainty or fear as war waged around them. But just as God single-handedly protected Israel in 2 Kings 6:8-22, God too has shown favor on the United States.
Chariots of Fire serves as a constant reminder that God will defend the right. While the soldier in the painting could be in any location around the world, DiCianni uses the imagery of the chariots of fire as a symbol to the brave men and women who comprise our Armed Forces that they fight for a “just cause” surrounded by “Chariots of Fire.”
Sometimes I wonder if there has ever been a time in history when one army can honestly say that their cause was the “just” cause and the enemy was the “unjust” adversary. My answer comes quick when I think of the Holocaust and many other atrocities of that magnitude.
There is one such case recorded in the Bible. It is the story of a man named Elisha who was being hounded by the king of Aram because God was using Elisha to foil the king’s evil plans. The king sent his army to surround the place where the prophet was staying with his servant. When the servant looked out the window and saw the Aramean army, he panicked. When Elisha looked out, he didn’t. Why? Behind the Aramean army, Elisha saw that God had sent “Chariots of Fire” to protect him. He saw with spiritual eyes what his servant couldn’t see with his natural eyes.
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