I can’t say I read this story very often, nor do I think I’ve ever heard it preached on in Japan in the 17 years I’ve been here. But I’ve got to say it’s probably one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It’s one of my favorites because it’s one of the few times we catch a glimpse of the spiritual world that surrounds us.
Here are Elisha and his servant surrounded by the enemy, and it seems that they’re in deep trouble. But while Elisha’s servant is panicking, Elisha never blinks an eye. Why? Because he saw beyond what his servant saw. His servant could only see the enemy around them. Elisha saw an even greater army surrounding them, an army on his side. He prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes.” And when he did, his servant saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (17)
I have to admit, I worry and fret about a lot of things. At work and at home, it’s easy to see the problems that I have and have them consume my thoughts. How I long to have the eyes of Elisha. Eyes that see beyond my circumstances, to the God who is greater than any problem that I could possibly have.
Lord, help me to have eyes that see beyond what is physical. To see beyond the problems that I have. To see beyond the things that would cause me worry and anxiety. And to see you. You who care for me. You who are watching over me. You who loved me enough to die for me. Open my eyes, O Lord, that I might see. And trust you. In Jesus name, amen.