Repost: Eyes to See

2 Kings 6:16-18
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.  And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness.  And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

There is a truth that hovers just beyond our field of vision.  There is a power working here that we cannot always discern.  But when there comes a time for us to need to know that an invisible army encamps around us, our eyes shall be opened.  When something we would not normally be privy to becomes necessity in our lives, we shall know that truth for ourselves.

It comes first when we reach a point in our lives where we’re tired of groping blindly in the darkness of sin and God opens our eyes and shows us our Savior.  It comes in those moments where the gaping hole of hopelessness threatens to consume us and God shows us His hands beneath our feet.  It comes when the pain and the brokenness and the loneliness surround us and God pulls back the curtain and reveals His presence.  It comes when the weight of it all is so heavy and the burden seems impossible to bear and God shows us His grace.

When we’re surrounded on all sides and our fear is rising, the multitude of our foe stretches far and wide, defeat seems certain and hope has run out, then our eyes are opened and we see.  We see that our God is bigger and better and more powerful than we could have ever imagined.  We see His hand of protection in any danger.  We see His provision for any problem.  We see His might in any battle.  We see that He is there and that He is enough.

On the other hand, the godless are blind.  When their hearts and minds are closed to the truths of God, they are easily deceived and led astray, right down the path to their own destruction.  We see it in the nation of Israel when they closed their eyes to God’s truth and went the way of the world around them, serving powerless idols and bringing God’s wrath upon them.  We see it in the Pharisees of Jesus’ day who refused to see Messiah in their midst.  We see it all around us today in the denial of God in all aspects of our society.

The eyes of the righteous shall be opened.  As we seek, we can know the truths of God and how they apply to our lives and our circumstances.  We can have the privilege to see the wondrous works of God happening all around us.  We may not always see clearly if we’re trusting only in what we can see.  But when we open our eyes of faith, when we look to God for our answers and our purposes, He will show us that we can trust in Him.

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