BLOG: (July 4-10) 2 Kings 2-7, "Lord, Open His Eyes"
The king of Syria was trying to attack the Israelite army, but something kept getting in the way. The king of Israel and his army continually eluded his traps - so many times that the king of Syria was convinced he had a spy among his servants!
“Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
“And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.” (2 Kings 6:11-12)
So the king of Syria decided to capture Elisha instead. He found out where he was, and “sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.” (2 Kings 6:14)
When Elisha and his servant awoke the next morning, they were surrounded. Elisha’s servant was understandably terrified.
“ And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?” (2 Kings 6:15)
We all know what that feels like. No, we have probably never been surrounded by an opposing army waiting to capture us…but we have all had reason to cry out in desperation, “Alas! How shall we do?” Elisha’s response is comforting and instructive.
“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)
And then, Elisha not only reassured his servant, but asked God to give him the ability to see for himself. Wouldn’t it be incredible if, in our desperate moments, we had that gift too? I believe what Elisha told his servant is also true for each one of us. We have help we cannot see. There are more people working to help us on the other side of the veil than we can even comprehend. “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.” Which means, whatever our current struggles, there will be a way out. We will get through it. We are not in this alone. We can count on the Lord and all His hosts to help us, to get us past our trials into a place of peace and safety.
“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 6:17)
When you are in that place of fear and desperation, when you are surrounded by opposition and don’t know what to do, remember this: you are not alone. There are unseen hosts actively working on your behalf, and if you will call upon the Lord in faith, He will let you know they are there, He will help you feel their presence and support, He will open your eyes to see the work they are doing to help you…and sometimes, like the servant of Elisha, He will even let you see them.