When facing unknown and uncomfortable circumstances, what do you pray for?
I ask myself this question after reading the story of Elisha’s face-off with the Aramean army. In 2 Kings, chapter 6, the prophet Elisha’s servant panics when he sees they are surrounded.
“Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” Elisha encourages. Then he prays, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. (2 Kings 6:8-17 NLT)
Staring at the text, I wonder to myself, Why wouldn’t Elisha ask God to destroy the attackers? But then my eyes settle on the words, “he looked up…” and suddenly, I get it.
When we focus on the obstacles in front of us, we become alarmed and immobilized. That’s why Elisha asks God to open his servant’s eyes; so he can see through the lens of faith. Divine revelation of God’s supernatural provision dispels fear and grants a peace that surpasses human understanding.
From this story, we see evidence of God’s compassion and the divine wall of protection available to believers. It inspires me to change the way I pray so that when trouble comes my way, I don’t ask God to take it away. But ask Him instead to open my eyes so I can see God’s unseen world working on my behalf. After all, what could be more exciting in life than experiencing more of Jesus amidst trouble armed with the peace of certain victory!
What about you? How would your life change if you started viewing obstacles through the lens of faith? What kind of impact would it have on our families and our communities if we all started responding to fear with faith that looks beyond what we can see to what God sees?
Sending, love, peace, and prayers to all!