Upward Eyes

“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 no, 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.” (2 Kings 6:15-16)

A British newspaper carried this story about two famous men, one an artist and the other a novelist.  “James McNeill Whistler and Oscar Wilde were seen yesterday at Brighton talking, as usual, about themselves.”  Whistler clipped the article and sent it to Wilde with this note: “I wish these reporters would get it right.  If you remember, Oscar, we were talking about me.”  Wilde replied, “It’s true, Jimmie, we were talking about you, but I was thinking about myself.

Israel had been harassed by the Syrians throughout their history.  In 2 Kings Chapter 6, once again Damascus’ king was issuing mandates that Israel’s king could not accept.  King Jehoram of Israel was saved from defeat again and again by warnings from the prophet Elisha.  This enraged King Ben-hadad who sent his armies to capture the prophet.  When Elisha’s servant saw the massive Syrian armies with horses and chariots (2 Kings 6:15), terrified he queried, “My lord! What shall we do?” Elisha’s answer is a classic example of calm in the middle of the storm. “Don’t be afraid.  Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Elisha knew the Syrian armies were terrifying, but he also knew if his servant could get his eyes off himself and his circumstances, he would see the invisible angelic help the Lord stood ready to provide.

Often, we become so self-involved that we see only ourselves and our problems and we miss seeing God’s hand at work all around us. But, like Elisha’s servant, if we get our eyes off our problems and on God’s solutions, off our circumstances and on the God who controls those circumstances, there isno telling what God will do for us.

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