Elisha

Remember that Elisha received a double portion from Elijah when the Lord took him up. 2 Kings records some amazing miracles. A barren woman conceived and had a son. Later he died. When Elisha laid his mouth on his mouth, eyes on his eyes, and hands on his hands, the flesh of the child grew warm. He did it again and the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes.
 
He purified a pot of poison stew, multiplied food, a leper was cleansed as he dipped in the Jordan 7 times, an axe head floated, the Syrian army was blinded. You can read the stories in chapters 5 and 6.
 
Chapter 6 teaches us to look beyond the obvious. Elisha’s servant was afraid when he saw the Syrian army surrounding the city with its horses and chariots. In verse 16 Elisha told him not to fear because there were more with them than against them.
 
Verse 17 says, “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
 
Elisha saw beyond where the Lord was at work. Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Psalm 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 5:12 says that His favor surrounds us like a shield.
 
Ephesians 1:18 is a great verse for us to pray. It says, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” The Amplified says flooded with light.
 
Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” His word enlightens our heart’s understanding of our situation through His wisdom.
 
Praying Scripture when we feel alone, overwhelmed by our circumstances, or needing comfort or strength is a key in seeing beyond the obvious. It takes our eyes off the present to help us laser-focus on the Lord’s Presence.
 
The Lord is always at work around us. May we have eyes to see what He is doing and join Him. That is where the fruit will be that glorifies Him.
 

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