“And Elisha prayed, Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” 2 Kings 6:17
In a few days my daughter will dance on stage at The Carolina Theatre for the first time. She’s anticipated recital weekend since she first started dancing ten months ago. With this special event finally here, she has been talking about it nonstop. Just the other day she was sharing who she hoped would attend, where she’d like her pictures taken, and how she prefers for her hair to look. Smack in the middle of her many recital thoughts the following truth bubbled up from her heart and fell out of her mouth. “I don’t have to be scared on the stage because Jesus will be right there with me.” It pricked my heart. She didn’t pause for me to confirm if it was so. There was no question mark or shred of doubt in her words. It was simply a confident proclamation about what she believes to be true.
Faith looks like a four-year-old believing Jesus will be with her even if she can’t see him.
In 2 Kings 6 the King of Aram sends a huge army to find the prophet Elisha. Once they find him they surround the city where he is staying. Upon waking up the following morning, Elisha’s servant sees the army surrounding them and is terrified. Elisha assures him in verse 16 that, “those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” He then prays for the servant’s eyes to be opened so that he can see. Immediately the Lord opens the servant’s eyes and he sees “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire.”
Hebrews 11 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We won’t always see, with our natural eyes, what we believe. In fact, our close proximity to our problems can often limit our ability to see supernaturally. Yet this remains – God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He’ll do. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not so.
In 1 Timothy 6:12 we are instructed to “fight the good fight of faith.” So we know, up front, it will sometimes be a fight. Rest assured, however, it’s a fixed fight and our victory is secure. We are God’s possession, purchased with the blood of Christ, full of the Holy Spirit and armed with knowledge about how this story ends. Our hope is alive and well because He is. So when we are facing something difficult and faith doesn’t come naturally, I admonish us to war for it. May we ask the Lord to open our eyes so that we may see Him at work.
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