Day 3: 2 Kings 6:8-23
Now this is the story…
The king of Aram, was trying to pull off a sneak attack on Israel. But God would warn Elisha who would warn the king. This frustrated the heck out of the king of Aram. When he found out that it was Elisha giving away his sneak attacks, he sent soldiers to capture and kill Elisha.
We pick up the story at verses 15 to 17
15 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 no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that 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.
Here’s what I know about your life: Life is difficult.
Many of us are overwhelmed with challenges, small and large: health, finance, family, addiction, anxiety or loneliness issues.
And just like Elisha’s servant Gehazi, we have limited eyesight. We see the problems; we see the challenges; we see our limited resources — what we need to see is God’s provision.
When what we see doesn’t seem to be enough, remember:
1. His help is promised when we fear
So when Gehazi steps out in the morning what does he see? A full on army surrounding the city. What’s the first thing that jumped into his head? Fear.
What did Elisha say? “Don’t be afraid”
Fear issues always reveal faith issues. If a circumstance is overwhelming us and fear is overtaking us, the reason is that our fear is speaking louder than out faith.
Faith is a muscle. How do you build muscle? Resistance.
What is the resistance when we build faith? The realisation that we don’t have the resources to handle this, we have limited vision.
But when we step up and meet the resistance, our faith is strengthened. AND, God responds in amazing ways.
2. His help is bigger than our need
How did Elisha respond to Gehazi’s limited eyesight? “Those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
When we have limited sight, we don’t always see the possibilities; we don’t always see the true picture. And the true picture is that God is bigger than anything that comes against us.
3. His help is closer than we feel
Because Gehazi had limited eyesight, he felt isolated and alone. But what did Elisha do about that? He prayed.
Elisha didn’t assemble an army to defend the city. He didn’t send Gehazi to the capital to get reinforcements. All he did was pray.
Ultimately, eventually, all overwhelming challenges are defeated by prayer.
In this uncertain time when fear wants to overtake our faith. When our thoughts quickly move to the worst case scenario. Remember God is closer than we know and bigger than what we see.
I challenge you today… to pray. To really pray. To pray that God will open up your eyes to his power, his closeness and his love.
Take care. Stay Safe.
PS Richard McGuinness