Open Our Eyes That We May See

There is an Old Testament scripture story in 2 Kings that has brought me comfort in times of discouragement and challenge when it appears that life, people, or circumstances are pressing upon me.

It is the story of the Syrians attacking Israel, and more particularly the Syrians seeking to find and capture the prophet Elisha so they may destroy his prophetic power that is keeping them from defeating Israel. The Syrian army finds Elisha in the city of Dotham and this is what happens:

Therefore sent he (the king of Syria) thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

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 6:14-17

This story reminds me that there is unseen help all around, I just need to have faith to see it in the midst of the struggle. What modern-day application does this story have for you?

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