The second book of Kings in the Bible records the event of the servant of Elisha, the man of God, who had risen early and saw a host made of horses and chariots of the Syrian army, that waged war against Israel. They were sent by the king of Syria to capture and take Elisha, the prophet of God (2 Kings 5:3). Having seen how the city of Dothan, where Elisha was, surrounded, the servant frets and worries. Elisha responds with words of assurance that, those who were with them were more than those who were with the enemy. Then Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant be opened and the Lord opened the servant’s eyes of the servant. Now Elisha’s servant saw not man’s army of chariots and horses, but God’s army; a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire around the prophet.
Point(s) to ponder:
- When we see with the eyes of our body, we see the things of man, the visible and natural elements (horses and chariots).
- Man’s elements are not reason for us to fret or worries about, because God with us is more than the world. God and his armies who was with them were more than those of the enemy.
- We need to pray that the Lord opens our eyes (of faith) with which we can see God things. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
- When we see with the eyes that the Lord opens, we see things of God; the invisible and supernatural elements (horses and chariots of fire)
2 Kings 6:13-17 (KJV)
13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 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?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 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.