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I am so surrounded

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:15-17

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One day I was studying a devotional based on the Armor of God and the above passage was one I had to review after reading 2 Kings 6. Having read much of the Old Testament before, it was strange I did not remember this particular story which spoke to my heart.  Here’s why.

The Facts:

  • The city was surrounded.
  • The servant was confused and afraid.
  • Elisha was sure of the unseen in spite of the seen.
  • Elisha prayed.
  • The Lord opened the servant’s eyes.
  • The hills were full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Our reality:

  • Sometimes we are surrounded, with no way out.
  • This makes us confused and afraid.
  • We focus on what is seen, making our situation so scary and overwhelming we can’t possibly recognize the unseen.

Our hope:

  • We will pray to our Lord.
  • He will open our eyes.
  • We will see that the hills of our lives are full of horses and chariots of fire.
  • We will not be afraid.

I know for a fact that this message found me at a time when I needed it most i.e. it was not a coincidence and there’s really not much more I can add other than to say: “may your eyes be opened, and may your hills be full not only of horses but of chariots of fire.”

Amen.

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