The prophet’sattendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, “Oh no, my master! What will we do?” He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw thatthe hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16–17)
We are in a spiritual battle. Seemingly insurmountable circumstances perplex us, frighten us, and unsettle us. Life seems like a planned obstacle course intended to test us and strengthen our faith.
In today’s passage, Elisha’s servant was afraid when they were surrounded by the Syrian army. Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of the servant so he could see the spiritual reality of their advantage.
The world we see is in tremendous conflict and turmoil. In many ways it is the outward manifestation of the unseen battles that are taking place in the spiritual world. And yet, God is in control!
Like Elisha’s servant, we need to have our spiritual eyes opened. We need to see the spiritual battle and also God’s solution. Our defense against Satan’s schemes is to remember that “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We are covered by the blood of Christ. “The name of the Lord is likea strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high (Proverbs 18:10). God has us firmly in his grip.
Today, ask yourself:Am I aware that I am in a spiritual battle to derail me from fulfilling God’s purpose for my life? What steps am I taking to rely on God’s perspective and power?