2 Kings 6. 1 Peter 2:11-12
Elisha was something of a superhero. He could mix it with Captain America! 2 Kings 6 recounts some of the amazing things he did – making iron float, capturing a large Aramean raiding party, and seeing through doors. His special abilities were, firstly, to be able to see clearly God’s control of His world, whether it be in reversing the laws of matter and gravity or biological functions such as sight. Elisha saw beyond the physical to see the spiritual reality, the unseen reality of the presence of Lord’s horses and chariots of fire. That gave him great confidence. Great confidence to use his weapon; not a shield or hammer, but prayer! Elisha prayed to the Lord, and the eyes of his servant were more widely opened than ever before. He prayed to the Lord and the eyes of many soldiers were blinded.
God is mercifully still at work despite Israel’s breaking of the covenant, and the desperate times Israel found themselves in. The famine of the siege of Samaria is catastrophic, food is scarce, life is brutal. Moses saw and predicted this very event (Deut 28:53) as being a result of turning from God.
In 1 Peter 2:11-12 Peter reminds his hearers to see themselves as they truly are – aliens and strangers- whose true home is Christ himself. How often do we think of ourselves in these terms? Not being strange, but seeing ourselves as Christ’s possession, now strangers here, not a product of this world. We are the people of God (v10).
Again we are reminded to abstain from sinful desires, (Peter Newing helped us reflect on these on Tuesday), because they war against our soul. Not a war with neighbouring Arameans, but a spiritual war, with our very soul at stake. Do you see it? Small concessions/ sins may lead to habits that may lead to a fixed setting of our character and soul. What an atrocity is ongoing sin of a pardoned soul against our Saviour, more so than when we did not know of God and acted in ignorance. Thank God for his ongoing mercy in Christ.
Another reason Peter gives is our impact on those who don’t yet know Him.Think about those you will be interacting with today who aren’t of our faith. What will they see? Will they see you at all? Will they see something different to their own actions? They may see you over a period of years, or in a brief moment. Pagans no longer worship objects, have rituals, or maybe they do? People today who disbelieve in God, may believe only in matter , make their own self- defined moral code, and the self, the individual is supreme. They may be seeking purpose and meaning, or seek thrills to feel alive. Can we show them a different life in the way we live? Will they, too, glorify God on that final day?
May we see ourselves today as God sees us, and may we see His reality, the unseen reality. May we like Elisha call on our God through prayer.