Choose Life – “Com-pan-ee!!” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – June 24

Scripture:  2 Kings 6:16    NASB    “Com-pan-ee!!”

“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'”  2 Kings 6:16


When I was growing up, people used to turn around in our driveway all the time.  I guess it was because we were at the end of a circle and they realized they weren’t going to get where they were going if they went any further.  We had a large picture window in the front of the house.  When a car we didn’t recognize would pull in the driveway, my mother would yell, “Com-pan-ee!”  But she knew they were going to back right out again and leave.

In our OT story today, the prophet Elisha was told by his servant that the capital of the northern kingdom, Samaria, was surrounded by enemy troops.  Elisha comforted his servant by praying that his eyes would be opened to see the supernatural forces protecting and surrounding God’s people.  They had a lot of invisible company of whom they weren’t aware.

There are many comforting Scriptures throughout the Bible  that tell us God is with us.

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 28:20, ” . . . teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

Are you trusting that you are in good company?


If you are, you will find that you have chosen life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:   


Paul tells us that we should not judge people only according to the flesh.  We should also look at them spiritually.  “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know [Him] [in this way] no longer,” 2 Cor. 5:16.

We should use the same principle in judging our circumstances.  Is there some enormous need you have that you think God can’t take care of today?  Would you like to rethink that?


The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   I Once Was Blind But Now . . . 

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