Today you should read: 2 Kings 6:8-37
This passage includes a very cool story of God’s constant, powerful presence. Elisha’s servant has seen that he is surrounded by a great threat: an army of horses and chariots enclosing the city, seeking to annihilate them. The servant of “The Man of God” responds with fear, asking Elisha, “What shall we do?” (v. 15)
I recently went to Catalyst with the CPC staff, and there, during a message by Andy Stanley, a stirring question was posed to his audience: What breaks your heart?
I contemplated his question for a bit and ultimately determined that what most breaks my heart is people who walk through their lives with minimal or no understanding of who God is. They are spiritually blind. They are afraid because they cannot see the way the universe operates or what role they play in it. They cannot be finally happy because they’re only half-filled by every vain pursuit. They are hopeless because they feel all alone, not realizing that there is One who is intricately designing a masterpiece of time and space, working all things together for His glory, and the good of His people (Romans 8:28).
A good lesson from this text:
- Elisha was walking with God, so his eyes were sensitive to God’s work. (Therefore God used him in mighty ways. He knew the army of angels was there, when his servant was blind to it and afraid). “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those…with them,” (v. 16).
- Know God is sovereign and working for His glory and your good in every moment. He won’t disappoint. (Ephesians 1:3-14) (Psalm 34:4-7)
- He prayed for his blind servant “that he may see,” (v.17). When Elisha prayed for the servant, God opened his eyes and brought the victory! This Old Testament passage reminds me a lot of the work of God in the New Testament on the cross to bring those who are spiritually blind to the light of sight.
Maybe you find yourself in this mindset today, afraid and doubting God. I’ve plenty of friends and family who tend to live in this place. They are continually let down and dissatisfied, simply because they walk in fear and blindness to who God truly is (the holy God fighting tirelessly and loving faithfully).
This is what breaks my heart. But there IS a hope. There IS a truth. There IS one true God who has the deepest love for you. He is fighting for you and others to know and trust Him. Even more, He has fought and won the war! God ordained that His Son die on the cross, paying the price owed for our guilty sins, and then conquered the grave that we might know Him now and in eternity! We have a great God whom we can trust. Trust Him, and pray that God will open the eyes of people you know who are searching.
Posted by: Taylor Gilliam, Ministry Intern-West Campus