Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2 Kings 6:15-17 -- On Seeing the Hope

"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how 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 thee, 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."
2 Kings 6:15-17

The servant in this scripture was understandably worried when he saw an army surrounding them, and no way out... but he couldn't see the whole picture, and that God was protecting them and fighting for them in unseen ways.

I believe the same to be true for us. We have a hard time seeing the invisible, but very tangible, hope because we are focused on the hordes of difficulties that surround us and that are quite apparent. But, just like the servant, we aren't seeing the whole picture, and we have to rely on God's knowledge and his strength in order to continue to have hope and to triumph against (seemingly) impossible odds.

Today, let's remember that God is on our side, and even if we can't see it, there is *always* a way to overcome our problems and triumph over despair.

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