in Faith

I recently read 2 Kings 6:8-23. The story of Elisha and his servant trapped by the Syrian army at Dothan reminded me that sometimes seeing makes all the difference. Though Elisha was surrounded on all sides by the hostile Aramean army and trapped in the city of Dothan, he remained calm. He was seeing the spiritual reality. His servant, however, was agitated and fearful for his life. The situation was hopeless. What could a small city do against a vast army? He saw the natural reality.

Is there anything in your life that looks hopeless? What is your “Aramean army”? What has you surrounded, cornered, afraid? It could be your own pattern of habitual sin. It could be fear of losing your job. It could be lack of financial resources or worries about the safety of your family.

Take a moment to visualize your opponent—that thing that you feel has you beaten. Ask God for eyes of faith just like Elisha asked God to give his servant:

“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.”—2 Kings 6:16-17

God is all around your struggle. He has hemmed in your enemy. That sin, difficult job, financial lack, or worry has NO CHANCE against the armies of the living God. But how will you respond to this reality? Will you continue to struggle against your enemy in a hopeless conflict, or will you ask God for eyes of faith to see the vast army of God about to defeat your “Aramean army”?

The Christian life is all about our eyes—our vision. When Peter walked on the water, he stayed afloat as long as his gaze was on Jesus Christ. But he saw the wind and waves and quickly began to sink (Matthew 14:22-33).

This principle of spiritual sight is reflected in the biblical imperative that we “magnify the Lord” (Psalm 34:3). This strange command is, I believe, quite simple. We must look closely at God and notice how large he is in comparison to our problems. Our “Aramean army” is tiny by comparison to the forces of God awaiting our sincere prayer of faith.

Are you facing difficult circumstances? God is waiting for you to reach out to him. He is the creator; we are his creatures. We can go to God and pray, “O Lord, open our eyes and let us see!” Then, in Jesus’ name, we can bring our sincere requests for God’s intervention in our situation (Philippians 4:6-7).