“And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so 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.” -2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)
The king of Israel was at war with the king of Aram. As the conflict between them raged on, news reached the king of Aram that the prophet Elisha was giving away their positions to the king of Israel. Naturally the king of Aram was not amused and ordered his army to encircle the city of Dothan where Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant awoke that morning, he was horrified. Surrounded by soldiers on every side he felt that the hour of their death had come. Terrified he asked Elisha what they should do. Yet in stark contrast to his servant, Elisha remained calm and composed. He knew that victory would be theirs. Wanting to put his servant’s mind at ease, Elisha prayed that God would allow his servant to see what he sees. What the eyes of his servant saw was the army of God ready to overwhelm their enemies. Striking the soldiers with blindness they became disoriented and God delivered the army of Aram into the hands of the king of Israel.
When we find ourselves in unpleasant situations, what is our first reaction? Most of us would react in a manner similar to Elisha’s servant. Worried and afraid we look at the bleakness of our circumstances and ask ourselves how we will ever get through this in one piece. In these moments we wonder where God is. But the truth is that He is there with us in every situation. He has promised to never leave nor forsake those who call upon His name, and to stand by those who acknowledge Him with their hearts. The question is do we see Him? Are our eyes opened to His constant presence and loving hand in our lives? That was why Elisha was able to remain in undisturbed calm and confidence despite the seemingly hopeless situation around him. His eyes were opened to the reality that God was in their midst, and with Him as their defender, their deliverance is assured. Are we looking for peace? That unshakable peace which will never depart from us even in the midst of trying circumstances? When we allow the Spirit of Christ to reside in our hearts He will open our eyes to His omnipresence and faithfulness. We will find hope and serenity knowing that we are in His hands and that He works all things together for His good and perfect will for our lives.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.