Trust can look crazy
2 King 6:17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
In 2 King chapter 6, there is a story about Elisha and his servant. They find themselves in what I would consider w really bad circumstance – They are by themselves and surrounded by an army that wants to take them captive. Not exactly an ideal situation.
At the sight of this Elisha’s servant yells, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”. Which I would argue is a pretty good response in light of what is happening.
My guess is that many of you find yourself in such a place. You ask, Oh no…! What shall I do? It seems as if all the odds are against you. It would appear as if all hope is lost. You look around and based on what you see with your physical eyes and it seems like your fighting a losing battle.
Elisha responds, “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Has Elisha gone crazy?
If I was the servant I might have questioned Elisha’s sanity. Or at least ask him if he’s seeing something I’m not seeing.
What are you not seeing
But then He prays this prayer, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” And the servant’s eyes were opened to see a greater army surrounding them that was for them and not against them.
I am not sure what you are facing or what you are going through, but you need to remember that, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (ESV)
It might look as if all hope is lost and there is no help in sight, ask God to open your spiritual eyes. God is there with you. He promised, ” I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (ESV)
Based on what you can see with your physical eyes it might not look like it but God is working on your behalf.
Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Don’t forget that we walk by faith and not by sight. Your eyes can deceive you. Ask God to open your eyes, Or maybe you know someone else is going through a hard time, ask God to open their eyes.
Seeing through our spiritual eyes
Elisha’s servant’s attitude completely changed. He wasn’t afraid anymore. And it doesn’t say anywhere that their circumstances changed – the enemy’s army was still there.
The difference was that Elisha’s servant had taken his eyes off of the physical and placed them on the heavenly.