Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-8:15
Summary: Elisha remains the Bible’s point of focus during his life. His varied activities involve causing iron to float, single-handedly thwarting an entire foreign army’s efforts, foretelling future events, and weeping over the calamities that would befall God’s people. Elisha has as much direct dealing with the king of Israel’s enemy, Syria, as he does with Israel’s own king.
Seeing What You Can’t
We know the reality of many things we cannot see. I can’t see the air or the wind, I can’t see electricity, I can’t see love. I’m convinced they are real. I have seen their affects and influences. I’m sure of it.
Elisha’s servant feared the Syrian armies encircling them. Elisha did not. Elisha was convinced of God’s reality, His presence, and His protection. The servant failed in such assurances. To which Elisha prayed, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17).
In response, the servant was able to see the surrounding mountain full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha. He no longer feared.
So Paul prayed for us “having the eyes of your heart enlightened” (Eph. 1:18). Life would be quite different if we could just “see” the “hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” Can you see it?
Faith really is “the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). We can, just as surely with Elisha’s servant, see what we cannot see.