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If We Could Only See

Therefore sent he there horses, and chariots, and a great
army: and they came by night, and surrounded the city.
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early,
and gone forth, behold, an army compassed the city both
with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him,
Alas, my master! what shall we do? And he answered,
Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that
be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD,
I pray you, open his eyes, that he may see.

And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man;
and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
(II Kings 6:14-17)

We cannot see spiritual beings with our human eyes. Psalm 34:7 tells us that the angel of the Lord is always surrounding us and defending us, if we could only see. In a spectacular example of this truth, our verses today tell us how the Syrian king sent his army to capture Elisha the prophet of Israel. When Elisha's young servant saw the Syrian army had surrounded them, he was naturally terrified. To his human eyes, the situation looked hopeless. Elisha wasn't worried, however. He prayed for this young servant's eyes to be opened: his spiritual eyes, not merely his physical eyes. Eyes of faith are necessary to see the reality of God's divine presence and protection.

Elijsha's prayer was answered and his servant's spiritual eyes saw the vast army of the Almighty God that surrounded them. The horses and chariots symbolized divine power; their fiery appearance was proof of their supernatural origin. He realized the truth of Elisha's words: that this army of God, although invisible to human eyes, outnumbered the army of enemies aroung them.

In our daily lives we often face great difficulties and attacks from the enemy, and to our human, physical eyes it seems we are all alone, with no help anywhere. We can't see the forces of God, which is His provision for the protection and defense of His beloved people. At those times, we have to remember these promises God gave us to reassure us that we are never alone; that the unseen armies of the Almighty God are all around us, to defend and protect us and fight battles we cannot hope to win by ourselves.

We also cannot see the forces of evil behind most of our battles. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Our battles are against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. They are spiritual battles, and spiritual battles are not seen with our physical eyes. How much easier it would be if we could only see our enemies, those invisible forces of evil that come against us.

Human weapons are useless in spiritual warfare. We are unequipped to fight these spiritual battles in our own power, but fortunately for us, God gives us the weapons needed to fight spiritual battles (see Ephesians 6:13-18). And He always has us surrounded with His divine armies, ready to step in at His command to fight with us and for us.

When we only see with our physical eyes, we become frightened and frustrated; we feel outnumbered and defenseless. If we could only see with spiritual eyes, what peace we would have in the midst of our trials and tribulations! Always remember, God is at work behind the scenes, in each and every battle we face. The very same power that brought Jesus back from the dead is at work within us, and we are assured that "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!" (I John 4:4) I pray that like Elisha's servant, our spiritual eyes would be opened, that we may be assured that the great armies of the Living God , though unseen with human eyes, surround us every day.


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