Saturday, April 5, 2014
What do you see?
"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places," Ephesians 6:12.
1 John 5:19 succinctly paints an ugly picture of the reach Satan has around us: "We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one."
But that's not the whole picture. Through the eyes of faith, we see God is infinitely bigger than our enemy, and personally protects those who are His children ...
"But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one," 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
"The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever," Psalm 121:7-8.
These are more than poetic words of encouragement. An event in the life of the prophet Elisha reveals just how real these words are! In 2 Kings 6, we read about how the king of Aram became angry with Elisha for constantly frustrating his battle plans against Israel. After discovering that Elisha was in Dothan, the king of Aram thought he would fix the problem of Elisha once and for all ...
"So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. 'Oh, sir, what will we do now?' the young man cried to Elisha. 'Don't be afraid!' Elisha told him. 'For there are more on our side than on theirs!' Then Elisha prayed, 'O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!' The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire," 2 Kings 6:14-17.
If you just use your eyes, it's easy to see just a lot of problems, struggles, temptations, and attacks that tear at your life. But when you see by faith, you can see the very real protection of God that shelters you and keeps you safe from the enemy.
You need more than eyes to see. Do you, by faith, see what God has done, and is doing, to keep you in perfect peace, regardless of the battles that rage around you? Or do you live in fear from what you see with your eyes alone?