In my youth, I remember reading this story of Elisha and his servant. My friend and I talked about it with wonder. Especially, when most of life felt like a “great unknown,” to think of God’s protection in such a grand way was so reassuring! We could relate to the servant and his fear upon waking up to an army surrounding him. Yet, Elisha’s prayer did not BRING God’s army of fire, it opened the eyes of the servant to what was ALREADY there! Later, Elisha would pray a very opposite prayer that physically blinded the eyes of the Aramean army, so he could lead them into Samaria to defeat and never to return for God’s glory.
You’ll notice that the writer of this story is not so concerned about recording details of the “when and where’s” as much as conveying the glory of God! God used prophets, such as Elisha, to speak and be glorified. (Hebrews 1:1) As a prophet, Elisha’s very life was focused on God. How powerful faith in God truly can be, even today as we fix our eyes on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith. (See also Hebrews 1:2-4;12:2) And, how wonderful that God can use even us, in our messy human state, to be glorified!
The passage from today reminds me of Psalm 27:3-4:
Though an army deploys against me,
my heart is not afraid;
though a war breaks out against me,
still I am confident.
I have asked one thing from the Lord;
it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord
and seeking Him in His temple.
How incredible to think of all the spiritual things our eyes cannot typically see in this physical world! Our God is mighty! “Do not be afraid, for those who are without outnumber those who are with them.” (vs. 16)
And, perhaps, one could argue that what we CHOOSE to see or not in this world also matters. The focus of our “heart’s eyes” is so key! Our perspective. One day, whether by death or by Christ’s glory, our eyes will be opened and we will behold the true vastness of our God’s glory and might! What a wonderful day that will be to truly see! Until then, we press on and into our God. We seek His face. God, that you may open our eyes today and let us see YOU!
21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
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Day 9: Family Airplane Mode
Spend some quality time with your family tonight with no distractions for at least 45 minutes. Included in this time should be a time of prayer as a family. Imagine what it would be like to have this be a consistent part of your schedule?