My day was not off to a good start. The parts of my routine that typically go smoothly were going awry. I was left scrambling and frustrated trying to solve my current set of problems. And then I received unexpected news that really sent me reeling. I had been on the verge of tears and now I couldn’t hold them back. Not only did my day feel like it was out of control, so did my emotions.
I cried out to the Lord in despair and disappointment. Open my eyes to see you, Lord, even in this. And at that moment He brought to my mind a story in 2 Kings. In Chapter 6, the King of Aram sends an army to kill a prophet by the name of Elisha. When a servant of the Lord sees the army surrounding them, he responds in fear, questioning what to do.
Isn’t this how we all feel? While our battle might not be as literal as Elisha’s, it’s just as real to us. Every day we battle the temptations and pressures of this world. We feel like we are surrounded on every side and that defeat is surely upon us.
But here is Elisha’s response. He says, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. He prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17).
Elisha’s servant was no longer afraid when he saw God’s mighty heavenly army. Rather than panic, Elisha prayed. And God answered his prayer by revealing His presence, His provision, and His perspective.
God will answer our prayers in the same way. We no longer need to be afraid or discouraged. Instead, we can be strong and courageous, knowing there is a heavenly army going to battle for us too. So in the midst of the struggle we find ourselves in, we pray just as Elisha did, asking God to open our eyes to see Him in it.
This is an excerpt from Open My Eyes: Trusting God When Life Feels Out Of Our Control (ibelieve.com). I’d be honored if you’d visit their site to continue reading and I pray He opens your eyes to trust Him.
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