THE INSIGHT OF ELISHA
There are plenty of times in life when we feel overwhelmed. Even as a Christian our difficulties can cause us to wonder about the strength of the protection we have in God. It is not that we doubt God’s omnipotent power; instead, we wonder why He allowed life to become bleak. These are the moments of testing that are challenging to our character.
When the servant of the man of God (Elisha) got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” (2Kings 6:15-16)
The king of Aram was so angry with Elisha that he sent an army to capture him. Although the prophet appeared unimpressed, his servant was deeply concerned. In the natural world, this situation seemed hopeless. Conversely, something incredible happened I the spiritual domain that the servant could not see.
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. (2Kings 6:17)
If we consider that the death of the Egyptians during the Passover was from the hand of one angel, this event was a great mismatch in Elisha’s favor. Still, God had something greater in mind.
As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD. “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha asked.
Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
After they entered the city, Eliosha said, “LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. (2Kings 6:18-20)
Once inside the capital city, the Israelites fed and released them. The bands from Aram decided to cease raiding the area. Who, in their right mind would want to fight with God? He is the greatest power.
Since God’s character does not change, why are we so frightened by our circumstances? Perhaps we need to have our spiritual eyes opened to see the incredible force that protects us. It is during the anguish that our faith is developed. May we be so filled with God’s Spirit that we, too, can have the insight of Elisha.
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)