Monday, January 26, 2015

2 Kings 6:16-17 -- On Opening our Eyes

"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 6:16-17

Elisha's servant was really worried because the situation looked dire, and it seemed that they were outnumbered.  But when God opened his eyes, he saw the angelic army.  He knew that God was protecting his servant, and victory was assured.  I think this is something good to remember in our own lives as well.  It's easy to feel overwhelmed and lose hope.  Sometimes the odds seem stacked against us, and we don't see any possibility of a way out.  How can we overcome our own weaknesses, let alone the rest of the obstacles and influences and plain evil in the world?  But, like Elisha's servant, we can't always see everything that we have going for us.  If we dedicate ourselves to God, no matter what is in our way, God can overcome it.  He will give us strength, and fight the battles that we are unable to fight.  Even if our backup is sometimes invisible, and thus somewhat less intimidating to our enemies, it is always there.  As we stay in touch with God, he will uphold us and protect us, and help us change ourselves so we can even overcome our own weaknesses.
Today, even though we can't see it, let's remember that God's support surrounds the righteous.  God's forces are always stronger, and even when it looks bad on the surface, Evil can never triumph.  Let's do good, be good, and seek good, and allow God to open our eyes and our hearts.  With God, we will win.

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