New Perspective

2 Kings 6:17 ESV

17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

When the king of Syria ordered his army to surround Elisha and his servant, it appeared there was no hope. They had them cornered. To the young man, Elisha’s servant, as far as he could see were soldiers, horses, and chariots all there to get them. The sight of it made him panic and he asked his master what they were going to do. Have you ever been in a situation like this? Maybe you’re in one now. As far as you could see there is no way out. You appear surrounded and maybe a little bit panicked.

To Elisha though, the scene before him looked vastly different. Elisha was calm. I picture the young man panicking beside him and not understanding why Elisha could be so relaxed when there was clearly no way of escaping. However, Elisha could see something that the servant couldn’t yet see. In 2 Kings 6:16 (ESV) Elisha says, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha then prayed for God to open the man’s eyes so that he could see what was really there. He prayed God would change his perspective of the situation so this man could feel the peace that Elisha himself was feeling. God did open the young man’s eyes and when he saw the chariots of fire outnumbering the king’s army, his fear washed away. In a matter of moments, the army had gone from big and scary to small and pathetic. God had the situation completely under control.

When you think there is no way out of your situation, envision God’s army fighting to make a way for you. Turn to Him and He will give you hope. Instead of fear, let’s raise up our praises to the God who is mighty to save.

Closing Thoughts:

Whatever battles we’re facing, whatever appears to be completely surrounding us, I pray that God opens our eyes today to see it with a whole new perspective. Sometimes our fear can cause us to not see our situations clearly, but there is a peace when we come to realize God is fighting our battles.

2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV

18 As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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