19 May Thriving During COVID-19 – Lord, Open My Eyes to See
There is a remarkably exciting story in 2 Kings 6, the king of Aram had sent his soldiers to capture the man of God Elisha. He sent his army with horses and chariots at night to surround his house and arrest him. When the servant of Elisha woke up in the morning and saw that an army surrounded them with horses and chariots, he cried out and asked his master, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”. Elisha responded by saying, “Don’t be afraid……hose who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
The servant only saw the enemy, the army of the king of Aram. Elisha saw something in addition; he saw the armies of God who were defending them. What we see affects how we react. How we respond determines the level of our faith, and our faith determines what we experience. Elisha then prayed a remarkable prayer for his servant:
“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.” 2 Kings 6:17
As far as we know, this servant was not physically blind; after all, he was able to see the enemy’s army. What he could not see was the invisible army of God which was even greater. This tells me it is a lot easier to see what the enemy is doing than what God is doing. It also means that it takes another kind of sight to see what God is doing. That is why Apostle Paul prayed Ephesians 1:18, “…that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”
The size of the enemy did not move Elisha because he could see the army of God. This ability to see fueled his faith to pray and asked God. In verse 18, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. You cannot outperform your ability to see. Often what limits you is the level of your sight. That is why Elisha’s prayer for his servant is very important for everyone: Lord, open my eyes to see!
May God bless you and remember to Stay CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED.
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship