Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 4:38-6:23 / Acts 21:27-22:21 / Psalm 79:1-13
I began wearing glasses when I was a young boy. I was quite excited to get my first pair of glasses because it was “new” but more importantly, when I put the glasses on, everything was brilliantly clear. Blurry letters and numbers became defined and colors were so bright.
Some people need corrective vision. Glasses, contacts and even surgery are used to correct distorted vision. Elisha had 20/20 vision…not necessarily with his natural eyes but definitely with his spiritual eyes. Elisha saw things that others did not see. He perceived the activity of God taking place in the world around him.
The king of Aram sent his army to seek and destroy Elisha. (2 Kings 5:13) God gave Elisha discernment to every military move The Aramean king made, and he would report that information to the king of Israel. When the king was told of Elisha’s extraordinary gift, he sent a vast army and surrounded the city of Dothan. (vs.14) Their numerical strength was intimidating but Elisha saw something more…
Elisha’s servant did not see what Elisha saw and was filled with great fear. His eyes saw the enemy while Elisha saw the faithful strength and power of God all around him. Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes so he could see. Without the assistance of medicine or corrected lenses, the servant’s eyes were opened and he saw “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (vs.17)
The servant saw something that dispelled fear and his anxiety surrendered to peace. Elisha knew what was required…the servant’s eyes of faith needed to be miraculously opened. We can easily be blinded by the challenges in life as well as by the daily mundane of life. Remember, the enemy never looks bigger than when we lose sight of God’s presence, purpose and power. We need the corrective powers of His Word and Spirit to give us His perspective and 20/20 vision!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!