‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 20. Perceptions (3)
2 Kings 6:17 “Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”
I’ve used the word ‘perception’ twice recently and the dictionary definition is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. As one famous person once wrote, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Today’s starter verse comes where Elisha and his servant are holed up in Dothan surrounded by the enemy. Early morning, the servant goes up on the city walls and sees they are surrounded by an enemy encampment – and he knows why they are there – they are after Elisha!
The servant panics, but Elisha just prays. Suddenly the servant sees the reality of the situation. Suddenly he sees that out there, in the midst of the enemy and surrounding them, there is an even more incredible army – with horses and chariots of fire. It is the army of God there for them!
When we are allowing the enemy, the world and life generally to get us down we need to pray, “Open MY eyes, LORD, so that I may see the reality of today, of this situation. When He does that, watch out, faith will run amok and things will start happening. Unlike this situation, we will open blind eyes and lead out the captives. Yes? Yes????
So, OK, we have the basics, let’s look more deeply. Let’s think of some of some of the experiences of life where the enemy seems to prevail. You wake up in pain. You are ill. Or suddenly your body just isn’t functioning in the way it should be. Maybe it’s not your body, it’s circumstances. Things break down, things go wrong, the period of the Pandemic put your business under pressure, things go wrong in the family, at work, at school or college. It seems like you are confronted by an obstacle in life that blots out the future. The future suddenly seems uncertain, even doubtful.
You have arrived in life at a point where you are confronted with something that appears like an impregnable fortress – a Jericho in your way as you continue on in the Promised Land of your Christian life. (Why not read Josh 5:13,14, 6:2). Two things – the commander of the army of the Lord’s host is with you – Jesus, and the Lord will come and bring you revelation of how you are to deal with this situation confronting you. You are not to be passive. At the very least you are to praise the Lord (2 Chron 20:21,22) in the awareness that he is with you and in the anticipation of his wisdom or action coming. His grace is sufficient for the moment (2 Cor 12:9) but his power WILL be released to bring change. Dare you believe it?