what are you looking at?

worried-lookThere is a really cool story in the Old Testament about a guy named Elisha. Elisha was a prophet who was used by God to speak to the kingdom of Israel.

Israel was at war with a nation called Aram. (The story can be found in 2 Kings 6:8-23.) Every time the king of Aram came up with a battle plan God would tell Elisha the plan and he would go and tell the king of Israel. As a result Israel continually out maneuvered Aram.

As would be expected, the king became suspicious. He was convinced that one of his officers was a traitor. He conducted an investigation to find out who it was that was giving away state secrets. As they were being questioned one of the officers told the king, “It’s not us. It is Elisha the prophet of God. He is telling the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”

Immediately the king gets his intelligence people together to find out where Elisha is staying and sends part of his army to capture him. Early the next morning the servant of the man of God got up and went outside; there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Ah, my lord, what will we do now?” he cried out 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 his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

I’ll let you read the rest of the story to see how things turned out, but what I want to ask you is this: What problem are you facing right now that you have allowed yourself to fixate on rather than keeping your eyes completely glued upon God who is the source of everything you need? We all do it from time to time. We feel overwhelmed. We don’t see any way out of the mess we’re in and, like Elisha’s assistant, we panic. And all the while God has a plan to turn whatever the problem is into something of great value for us.

That’s why the writer of Hebrews tells us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (12:2).


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