2 Kings 6:15-17 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, 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.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that 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.
In this story, we read about two kinds of vision. The first kind sees only what is visible and therefore what is temporal: Elisha's servant saw only the horses and chariots of the Syrian army surrounding the city. When he saw that vision, he was terrified. The second kind of vision sees the invisible and therefore the eternal. Elisha experienced peace because he saw beyond the visible to the eternal reality: the hills were full of heavenly horses and chariots of fire surrounding him like a ring of protection facing the Syrian army! And he prayed to God to open his servant's eyes to see the invisible reality where God is!
There are two kinds of realities people experience daily-the temporal which is the material reality that is visible to the physical eyes. The second reality is the eternal one which is visible only to those with spiritual vision cultivated through prayer. Paul describes the difference between the two realities in 2 Cor 4:18, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." And a few verses later, he declares confidently: "for we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor 5:7).
The apostle Paul, like the prophet Elisha, was able to walk by faith (fixing his sight on eternal reality) because of his prayerful life. When we feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life like Elisha's servant, we should pray, "Lord, open my eyes so I can see Your angels standing by me to protect me from succumbing to these pressures!" As Christians, we should always focus on the larger reality of the unseen, not just the seen, for the seen is temporal and temporary but the unseen (God, Spirit, divine love, justice, mercy, etc) is eternal and forever. The unseen reality is infinitely more real and powerful than the temporal one, which will one day pass away.
Father, may You open my eyes daily so that I can set my sight on the eternal and experience Your peace in the midst of life's challenges. Help me walk by faith moment by moment, focusing on the unseen and eternal, rather than the seen and temporal affairs in this world. In Jesus' name, Amen.