Day 114: Open your eyes! (2 Kings 6-8)

Posted: July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. After they entered the city, Elisha said, “LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. 2 Kings 6: 15-20

There’s an interesting question I’ve heard asked of me several times throughout my life by several types of people. Would you rather be blind or deaf? This isn’t meant to be a joke to offend blind or deaf people, but rather, a decision meant to make you think about the senses you take for granted. For me, I would choose to have my sight. I think it would be easier to get around and take care of myself better if I could see rather than being blind. That’s just me. This is beside the point. Pardon the tangent!

The story above is a supernatural miracle. Elisha asks God to strike down his enemies with blindness, and he does, confusing them and sending them to Samaria. God blinded the wicked men from harming His servant Elisha. While reading this tonight, I couldn’t help but wonder, what am I blind to?

Sure, I can see the computer in front of me, my wife, my house, my car, things at my job, the family and friends I have, things in this physical life, but what am I blind to spiritually? I don’t think God intends for us to be blind to anything when it comes to Him. He desires to show us His splendor! It’s sin that blinds us to His glory. Every morning when we wake up, we put on a spiritual blindfold of sin, and we spend each day trying our hardest to take it off to see God, only to sin again and put the blindfold back on willingly!

Elisha was a man who clearly walked around without his spiritual blindfold on. Just take the example of him seeing the “chariots of fire” surrounding the town. He had a special insight into the spiritual realm. Sure, he was a man like us. He wasn’t perfect, but he walked with God, who showed him things we could only dream of! What wonders we could behold if we would only choose to take off the blindfold and see Him!

So much of it is choosing what we let ourselves see. There is so much garbage out there, stuff just waiting to bring you into sin and throw that blindfold back on. Avoid it, flee from it, destroy it, do whatever it takes to rid it from your life, because God is just waiting to show the wonders of His love.

If only we weren’t hiding behind our blindfolds! Take them off today, and see what God has planned for you! Open your eyes!

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