Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Seeing Is Not Always Believing"

"And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." 2 Kings 6:16,17

When Elisha and his servant woke up this particular morning, they discovered that the Syrian army was surrounding the city- horses, chariots, warriors. This brought fear to the heart of Elisha's servant. Elisha remained calm and at peace and simply prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant to see past the physical realm- past what he saw with the natural eye- and give him eyes to see in the spiritual realm. The Lord did and the servant saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire- the angelic host.

I would say that most of us are like Elisha's servant instead of Elisha. When trouble comes, when a crisis threatens, when problems arise, when the enemy is coming against us, we only "see" what we see with our physical eyes. We tend to see only the problem. We tend to see it from only one perspective- our prospective. We tend to see it in the natural realm only. Elisha remained calm and at peace because he saw past what he was seeing with his natural eyes. He saw what was invisible, yet was more real and more powerful than what he was looking upon with his two eyes.

When the enemy surrounds us, when we are under attack, when the problems seem endless, when the situation is getting worse, we need to pray that our "eyes" would be open- our spiritual eyes. If you look at things with only the physical eye it will discourage you, depress you, steal your peace, rob your joy, make you fearful and cause you to give up. What we see is not always "reality" as was the case with Elisha and his servant. The reality was that a greater army than the army of Syria was there, and it was there to protect them. The reality is that though they thought they were out numbered and alone, there was more for them than there was against them.

How do we see past what we see with the natural eye? We look at the situation through the eyes of faith- faith in God's word, in His promises, and in light of who He is.

Have a great day. Don't just look at your situation through your natural senses, look at it through the eyes of faith- faith and trust in your mighty God and His promises.

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