More Than Meets the Eye
Can you recall a time when all you could see were circumstances coming against you? Maybe you are there now and feel like throwing in the towel. When you want to give up in the midst of the challenge, remember Elisha.
In Chapter 6 of 2 Kings, the Syrians (your translation may say Arameans) were at war with the Israelites. Plotting against Israel, the king of Syria would get together with his men and privately disclose where he intended to set up camp. After hearing from God, the prophet Elisha ruined their plans more than once by warning Israel’s king to avoid Syria’s trap.
Israel was one step ahead of the opposing army so many times, the Syrian king thought he had a mole—a traitor in his midst. After interrogating his servants, he found out there was a man of God working for the cause of Israel. So, the king discovered where Elisha was staying and planned an attack to get the prophet out of the way. It looked like Elisha was doomed when his servant saw what they were up against.
“And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’” (2 Kings 6:15, NKJV)
But, as they say, There’s more than what meets the eye.
This is the word God wants me to bring to you today -- No matter what your situation may look like, God’s got something going on behind the scenes.
The prophet Elisha had that spiritual vision and could see they were not outmanned and outgunned.
“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are
more than those who are with them.’” (2 Kings 6:16, NKJV)
The prophet’s response must have seemed insane to the servant. I picture him looking around and doing the math.
“Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Two of us. Two hundred of them.”
That’s just it—the servant was not seeing what Elisha was seeing. All the servant had to go on were humanly perceivable facts—the certain death that awaited them. He wasn’t able to see the Lord’s army standing ready to win the victory for them. The servant needed his vision repaired.
“Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17 )
Those chariots of fire were on his side even before he had the eyes to see them. God had already made a way. And He is readying a course for victory over whatever threatens you. The Father is opening a door; He is making provision. Resources are waiting to be revealed and released for your rescue.
Believe this: those who are with you are more than those who are against you.
Today, will you look at your sickness, your finances, your relationships with eyes of fear? Or will you, like the prophet, recognize that you are in the company of angels?
Lord, open my eyes that I may see beyond my struggles.
Let my focus be on You and Your faithfulness instead of my fear and frailty. When I cannot see your provision clearly, help me to have faith that You are there with a solution. I will rely on the confidence found in You and not be shaken by what I see. Thank You for the company of angels who fight alongside me.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.