2 Kings 6:15-17

One of the things that we learn in life as we get older and wiser is that things are not always as they appear on the surface.  Our circumstances sometimes seem impossible.  Such was the case for Elisha’s servant.  The king of Syria was a major threat to Israel, and he had sent his army to capture the prophet in the city of Dothan.  When the servant saw the city surrounded by the Syrians, he cried out in desperation and thought that the situation was hopeless.  That’s when Elisha prayed for the Lord to open the eyes of the servant.  God answered Elisha’s prayer, and the servant was able to see the armies of heaven that had surrounded the Syrians! 

We need spiritual sight that trusts God when we find our back against the wall.  Many centuries later, the Apostle Paul wrote about the true nature of our conflict.  He said in Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Since the conflict is spiritual, we need spiritual sight and spiritual resources.  That is why we need the armor God.  We have been given every resource we need in Jesus Christ.

No matter how menacing life gets, we must remember that things aren’t always as they seem.  If God be for us, who can be against us?  We may never be able to see God’s protection the exact same way that Elisha’s servant saw it, but we can always be confident that God is watching over us.  In Christ, we are surrounded by His faithfulness and love.

For more, read Romans 8:28-39