When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 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 King 6:15-16) New King James Version
The king of Syria had an issue with Elisha and was intent on capturing him. When the king found out where Elisha was staying, he ” he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city” (v 14). This was the scene that Elisha’s servant woke up to the next morning. Naturally, he was afraid. It was not until God opened his eyes that he saw that God’s army had surrounded the army that surrounded them.
It’s not hard to feel deserted and alone and surrounded by those who do not have our best interest at heart. It may be in the midst of a physical war, it may be in a toxic work environment, it may be among those we considered to be friends and family. It may be tucked away in the results of a medical test or hidden under our shrinking finances or felt in the pain of trust broken. Sometimes our perception of events may cause us to feel that way, at other times it may be the reality we face. It’s easy to lose heart when one looks through physical eyes at the insurmountable issues and the depths of the valleys in which we find ourselves. It’s easy to forget that God is still in control when pain and chaos seem to be the order of the day.
Elisha prayed “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” v 16. When God opened His eyes the picture changed right before his very eyes. With God we are indeed more than conquerors through You (Romans 8:37). Open our eyes, O Lord!
We all have our issues to face today. Your army may not be the army of Syria but the God who opened the young man’s eyes is the same God today as He was way back then. He is still able to do that and more. When the pressures of life hit today, I pray that your prayer would be O Lord, please open my eyes that I may see! We choose to believe in the omnipotent Father even when the seemingly impossible is staring us in the face. Faith is seeing as we believe – Hebrews 11:1.
Father, thank You for the reminder that we are surrounded by Your love. There is no place we can run to that You are not already there! (Psalm 139: 7-12) and nothing can pluck us from your hand (St John 10:28-29) . Surround us even as the waters surround the islands. You alone know what today will bring and I choose to trust You that whatever comes at me, You are able to shield and protect me and to destroy whatever or whomever has set out to destroy me. I choose to trust that You will protect me and keep me covered under Your blood. I pray that today You will open my eyes once again to the wonder of who You are and that my lips and heart will offer constant praise to You. You see the beginning and the end as one. I choose to trust You to walk with me through today. Amen