I don’t know about you, but I have bad vision. When I wake up to the sound of my alarm and roll over to see what time it is, all I see is a fuzzy green speck. I know that it is early, because I know what time I set my alarm, but that doesn’t change the fact that I cannot see the time. It isn’t until I put on my glasses that I can clearly see the numbers on that clock.
How often do we face situations in life where we know the promise that God will never leave us or forsake us, but in the moment we have a hard time seeing that truth. This isn’t something new to us, and is a struggle that can be seen by the servant with Elisha the prophet.
When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (2 Kings 6:15)
As Elisha and the servant headed out, they were met with a surprise. Early in the morning they found themselves surrounded by a large army. The servant did not know what to do.
He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)
In this moment of distress, Elisha provided comfort for the servant with truth. First he told him not to be afraid. That in itself is probably not enough to calm his fears. It is hard to instantly just change your emotions.
So Elisha continued to let him know the reason why he should not be afraid. They were not alone. Again, that in itself is probably not enough to calm his fears. As the servant looked around, all he saw was himself, Elisha, and the army they were facing.
So continuing on, Elisha let his servant know that there were more with them than against them. They were not outnumbered. But the servant couldn’t see a single one of these that were with them.
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)
I can only imagine the scene that the servant was so blessed to see. As God opened his eyes, he saw the angelic army of the Lord all around them. This army was so great and so massive that they filled a mountain. It was only until God opened the servants eyes that he was able to see this truth. Yet whether God opened his eyes or not does not change the truth that they were there.
We too are like this servant. There are trials that come into our lives that overwhelm us. And instead of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, we focus on the trial. Yet that does not change the fact that He is there.
We have not seen Jesus. We have not seen Him on the cross. Nor have we seen the piercings on His hands and side. But that does not change the fact about who Jesus is, and what He has done for us.
Our faith is not based on what we see (2 Corinthians 5:7). And our faith is not based on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Whatever you are facing today, whatever struggle you are in, know these very words that Jesus spoke.
…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
Praise our Lord Jesus Christ that no matter what we see, he is faithful and true to His word, and is with us always!