December 17, 2010

Open My Eyes and Let Me See

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Today, reading the scripture’s account of the king of Aram sending “a great army with many chariots and horses” to Dothan to capture Elisha.  And Elisha tells his servant, “Don’t be afraid … For there are more on our side than on theirs! Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:13-17 NLT)

God had used Elisha to perform many miracles leading up to this and the servant would have been aware of them (there’s no suggestion this was a “new” servant).  Yet, he was afraid.  Elisha’s “spiritual eyesight” was 20/20 and he knew that he and the Lord had a majority.  But he prayed for his servant to see and the Lord granted his request, showing the servant a mighty force that would put him at ease. 

Scripture continues with telling us that Elisha prayed that king Aram’s army would be blinded; God again answered that prayer.  Elisha led them into Samaria (their enemy’s hands) and then he prayed that their sight be restored and it was.  The king of Israel asked if they should all be killed and Elisha replied that prisoners of war are not killed, that instead there should be a feast.  And there was.

What can we learn from this account:

1. Be humble:  Elisha was humble enough to be concerned about his servant’s fear and to pray to God to put him at ease.

2. God is enough:  Elisha knew that and knew the Lord could show the servant that too.  And He did.

3. It’s God actions, not mine:  In addressing the servant’s fear and the king of Aram’s mighty army, Elisha didn’t hesitate about what action to take.  He didn’t try to explain it to the servant, he didn’t try to run from the king, he didn’t try to negotiate with the king.  He went straight to God in prayer.  In whatever I am doing, I need to make sure God is in it.

4. Be merciful and love your enemies:  With king Aram’s might army now in the palm of his hand, ready to crush them, the king of Israel turned to Elisha, “Should I kill them?”  Elisha told him to have a feast and send them home.

5. God is sovereign:  Despite the mighty armies described in these verses; king Aram had assembled “troops, horses, and chariots everywhere” and God showed the servant a hillside “filled with horses and chariots of fire”, there was no battle on this day.  Not one drop of blood was shed.  Who would have guessed this outcome?  Who could have orchestrated this outcome?  Only God.

All glory to Him.

     Loving the Journey,

     Kevin

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