2 Kings 6:15-17 NKJV And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (16) So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (17) And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then 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.
Filled with fear and probably in absolute panic Elisha’s servant came to him with the report that they were surrounded, crying out to him in terror. The Good News Bible record him as saying, “We are doomed, sir. What shall we do?” Then I picture Elisha, barely looking up from a table he’s sitting reading a section of parchment, says, “Do not Fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Now I can just imagine his servant’s expression turn from a look of terror to utter confusion as he glances around the room counting, “1…2… Let me start again. 1… 2…” while glancing out the window at the great army that surrounded them. By now he’s probably thinking, “Oh great, not only are we surrounded and as good as dead, but now Elisha’s gone insane.” Then Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be open. Now we aren’t talking about his natural, physical eyes. They were open and working perfectly fine. He could plainly see there was no natural way of escape. No, Elisha prayed that his spiritual eyes would be opened and his servant would see into the spirit realm and be able to have a more complete view of the situation. When he did, the young man saw horses and chariots of fire all around the Elisha and the entire mountain. I’m sure a sense of awe and relief poured over him bringing refreshing as the fear was flushed right out of him.
The truth is those angels were there the entire time, he just couldn’t see them. I don’t know if Elisha saw the angels or just knew they were there because his faith in God’s Word, but they were there none the less. I picture it like looking through a camera and having one image in crystal clear focus while the background is blurry and then adjusting the focus to blur the foreground and bringing the background into focus. I believe that is how God wants us to live in regards to faith in His Word. He wants us to focus more on what He says and His Truth and less on what our present circumstance looks like.
If you are in a situation right now and even though you want to and are trying to believe God’s Word and see through the natural into the reality of His Word, take a moment right now to pray.
Father God, help me to see beyond what I see. Open the eyes of my understanding that they may be illuminated to the reality of your Word and your promises. I pray that I would clearly see and know the hope to which you have called me. I thank you for showing me the answer. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Innumerable amounts of angels surround you everywhere you go and are with you in everything you do. What’s more, as a Believer, God, Himself, the Holy Spirit is with you and will never leave you (John 14:16). Let Him bring your life into His divine focus. There really is nothing to fear. Oh and by the way, the enemy soldiers were all struck temporarily blind and those 2 guys led that great army to the King of Israel, where they received their sight again, were graciously fed and sent back home utterly embarrassed and testifying of God’s greatness. Fear Not!