Sunday, October 28, 2012

2 Kings 6: Seeing the Invisible

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, 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, "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. 

Our physical eyes can only see the physical realm. Ultimate reality requires more than the physical senses -- it requires spiritual eyes to see spiritual realm. The servant of Elisha could only see only the Syrian army with horses and chariots surrounding the city because he trusted only in his physical senses-- and so he became afraid. What we observe with our physical senses is partial reality. After Elisha's prayer for his servant's eyes to be opened,  he saw reality in its totality. Surrounding Elisha on the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire. When the servant saw ultimate reality, his fear was replaced by faith!

When we focus our sight on what is seen, we will be overwhelmed by our circumstances. But when we focus our sight beyond the seen to the unseen, we will see God protecting and providing for us! The Apostle Paul makes a distinction between the seen and unseen thus: "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" (2 Cor. 4:18). The physical senses can only discern what is temporal and temporary. But when we walk by faith, not by sight, we discern Ultimate Reality which extends to the eternal realm where God and His angels are.

Father, open our eyes that we may see Jesus in our every circumstance, for He has promised to be with us forever.  Amen.

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