Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013

"Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then 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."    
II Kings 6:14-17

Remember the last time you were seized by fear from the trouble that surrounded you?

Maybe that is where you find yourself now.

Perhaps it's a relationship problem or a financial struggle or maybe a health issue, but it is real and things looked real bad for you. First you panic and then you pray and then you plead and then you begin to plot a plan of escape. But often there is no painless way out.

When you are caught between the two realities in which you live you are confronted with a DTR (Define the Reality) moment. You must decide, "Will I believe what I see or will I trust what God says?"
That is what faced the servant of Elisha in this story, the third example of a Seen to Unseen experience. The fierce and mighty Syrians came against Israel with all their horses and chariots and surrounded the city during the night. The city was sealed off with no way out and the Syrians planning to come in.
When the sun arose the next morning those within the city where greeted by the horrifying sight of this vicious enemy preparing to attack the city. Seeing the Syrians and quickly assessing the situation sent the servant into a panic. Running to the Prophet he briefed Elisha on the dire situation and cried, "Alas!"

You can relate to "Alas" can't you?

The Prophet was not out of touch with the seriousness of the situation and he did not deny it. But he was also in touch with another reality that was unseen to his servant. So Elisha prayed for God to let him see the unseen. Wow! His DTR moment was complete!

Our present world has many frightening realities. The powers of evil are on the march and you are under attack! You are not to dodge those realities or deny them but rather deal with them in the awareness of a greater reality - the power and presence of God!

When the enemy comes at you like a storm. When he surrounds you on every side. Don't panic. God didn't allow them to come to destroy you but He let them come to develop your spiritual eye sight!

Will you learn to pray Elisha's prayer, "Open my eyes that I may see there is the greater reality?"