Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 6:1-23 & John 18:1-14
Firstly apologies … I’m so sorry, this BLOG was meant to be posted early this morning and I missed the ‘appointment’.
As we start Elisha’s journey as God’s chosen with the handing over of the batten from Elijah, we’re not too far along in reading about his call as a prophet to see Elisha is certainly a ‘man of God’.
Chapter 6 opens with what appears to be yet another strange story involving Elisha, this time about a broken axe head; an incident which could almost be discounted as an insignificant side comment, but the story is not to be glossed over. This is yet one more story that adds to building a picture of a man who had a unique relationship with God. Compared to the rest of the company or community of prophets, Elisha’s divine ability is very early on revealing him to be a man called and set apart for a special purpose in this particular period of Israel’s history.
And then what follows is an amusing story of confusion and faith.
With the city surrounded by the army of the king of Aram, Elisha remains calm and trusting that God was still in control. His prayer to open the eyes of his servant, revealed this spiritual sight. “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 hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Vs 16-17
In contrast to this sight, blindness strikes the Arameans when Elisha prays a second time, with the situation fast turning to humiliation and embarrassment when Elisha ends up leading the enemy into captivity to Samaria, Israel’s capital.
Yes, the situation has certainly moved from the sublime to the ridiculous! But in this short space of time, we are reminded once again of God’s supremacy.
Paul uses similar language in his letter to the Romans when he encourages them about the goodness of God who ‘in all things, works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Rom 8:28
So in those situations when I feel the impact of the enemy closing in, may my prayer continue to be a prayer that calls on God to open my eyes to see beyond, to the spiritual realm; a prayer that holds firmly to the words of Paul that are a reflection of Elisha’s statement of faith, that, ‘If God is for us (me), who can be against us (me)?’ Rom 8:31b