“And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed (surrounded) the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how (what) shall we do? 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 6:15-17
I recently had lunch with a Christian brother, and he was asking me what the Lord was teaching me. I had been in the book of Kings in my personal devotions, and I shared this passage with him. He got excited and rightfully so, and we later shared some texts back and forth from this passage. I thought about how easily fear creeps into our lives, and how often we feel overwhelmed or emotionally drained. We get anxious about many things, and we get fearful even though God is within us because we deny the power we have been given through Him.
The Christian life is not one that is easy and smooth, but life never is. Life is tough both with God and without God, but life comes at you fast and is challenging, so I would rather have God than not have Him in my life. I recently have been meeting and dealing with people who are going through some serious matters in their lives. Sometimes it is the result of their own sin and sometimes it is the sin of others that brings about these circumstances. I often hear of the hopelessness of the situation, and my heart breaks for them as sin leaves an ugly trail behind it.
In the ebbs and flows of life, we face tough times that present unbelievable challenges. We look through our earthly eyes, and we see that there is no hope. We look for earthly solutions to solve spiritual problems, and we engage our friends to assist us in our time of need. I have seen that even Christian friends offer practical advice, but much of it is not biblical. The world offers the same advice which may seem logical, but it is not godly. We want a magic pill to make it go away, but we don’t want to deal with the consequences of our sin, and we do not want to take the time to seek God in our time of need. We do not ask God to open our eyes to His truth, maybe because we do not want to see what He will show us. There is a spiritual battle that is waged all around us, but greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world.
Elisha’s servant was fearful of what he saw as he looked out in the distance. He saw all the enemies that were there, waiting to attack, but Elisha saw the armies of God that could not be seen with the naked eye. Elisha was not fearful of the enemy because he saw the mountains that were full of God’s army, horses and chariots of fire. Elisha asked God to open his servant’s eyes, so that he would see what he saw. He did not attempt to give advice that would calm him down, but simply asked God to open his eyes. Once the servant’s eyes were open, I’m sure the fear was gone, and he knew at that time that God was greater than the enemy. He no longer needed to fear what was in the world as He saw how great God was and is.
Where are you today friend? Are you laden down with temptation and angst? Are you living scared of what you hear on the news or see in the world? What about the situation you are in? Do you feel like you have no hope? Do you need God to open your eyes? Have you forgotten His goodness? Have you forgotten the power He holds? Have you forgotten that He is greater than any problem, obstacle or challenge you face? We have freedom in Him if we will take it, and we can have the victory through Him. May our eyes be open to the greatness of our God, and may we not fear the enemy as greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.