26 May 2020
Spiritual vision
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4: 4
King Aram is furious as his raids into Israel are repeatedly thwarted. Having discovered that Elisha the prophet knows his plans and warns the King of Israel of the raids, Aram sends a strong force of horses and chariots to surround the city where Elisha was. Elisha’s servant is up early next morning and sees
the overwhelming force arrayed against them – impossible odds! He calls out to Elisha, ‘What shall we do?’
I love the peace in Elisha as he reassures his servant and says, ‘Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Humanly speaking a ridiculous statement, wishful thinking, ostrich with head in the sand type of reaction. But Elisha has his spiritual vision and he knows the
real situation in the light of eternity. He prays therefore, not for himself but for his frightened servant, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so that he may see.’ God graciously answers, allowing the servant to view what Elisha could already see – the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Don’t we often experience in our professional work times when demands and pressures seem overwhelming and we too can cry out, ‘What shall we do?’ God repeatedly in his word reassures us, ‘Fear not,’ he says time and time again, ‘for I am with you … Nothing can separate you from my love … Be not dismayed for I am your God.’ Let us pray that our eyes may be opened so that, as with Elisha, we do not fear apparent opposition but know we are safe with our heavenly Father always with us.

Read: 2 Kings 6: 8–17; 1 John 4: 1–6.