Open Our Eyes Lord
Daily Devotional for August 7th
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 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. 2 Kings 6:15-17
Vision is one of the most vital of the five senses. But as important as eyesight is, it can also pose problems for us. Clear vision is such an valuable commodity, how then could it ever be a bad thing. It can be so deceiving. Natural eyesight reveals what is; and not what shall be. You cannot operate in faith with natural vision. As much as we hate to admit it, what we see tends to dictate our faith in any given situation. However, God has ordained that our faith in God can dictate the outcome of that situation. Current conditions cause us to project a certain outcome. The way we project these outcomes is based upon our past experiences. Sure; the natural course of events can cause you to become used to seeing things play out a certain way, but anytime God is introduced into a situation, that natural course is always interrupted by the power of God. This is what Elisha knew that the young man didn’t.
If you’ve lived for God any length of time at all and leaned upon His promises, then you understand that faith in Jesus will altar the course of your troubles, trials and problems. We must eventually come to a place as believers that the current condition of a situation of a child of God will not be a foreshadowing of its outcome. Friend, you are a believer which means much more than you believe in God. It means that you daily lean and trust in Christ to help you, intervene for you, and change the course of your circumstances. We must ask God to open our eyes to see things through the lens of scripture instead of apart from it.
Elisha realized that the young man’s eyes were focused on the wrong thing. If you allow him to, Satan will keep you troubled simply because you allowed your eyes to become focused on your problem, and not on God. Elisha had grasped something important concerning the things of the spirit. Your conditions mean nothing up against the word of God. Elisha rested in God when his servant was in turmoil. The eyesight of both men may have been the same, but the young servant’s sight was set on the natural, while Elisha’s was set on the spiritual. Natural vision can blind you to faith in Jesus. Once Elisha prayed the young man’s eyes were opened and he saw the army of God surrounding the Syrian army. Dear friend, we are instructed to walk by faith and not by sight. This world is moved by what they see. The Christian is moved by what we believe. Will you dare to lean upon Jesus in your condition today? Lord, Open our eyes that we may see.