How do you feel when times are tough?
Like a tiny cork, bobbing on the waves? Alone and overwhelmed? Outnumbered and defeated?
Don’t judge by what you see.
In 2 Kings 6, the people of God seem to be outflanked and outnumbered by their enemies. Elisha’s servant runs in terror to his master and says, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answers, “those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Notice what the servant asked: What shall we do? And notice what Elisha thought was the real need: heavenly perspective. “Open his eyes, LORD,” prays the prophet, “so that he may see.” With eyes now opened, the servant sees the hills full of horses and chariots of fire. When the servant sees straight he realises that there is a realm of heavenly power, all of it employed to deliver him from evil. It turns out his first need was not something to do. His real need was something to see.
At the same time, the opposing troops — a very visible enemy — start to descend, but God blinds them. In earthly terms, the seeing and seen were blinded… while from a heavenly perspective, those who appeared weak were victorious.
When we’re afraid, we often ask, what should we do? But often the issue is not doing, but seeing. With the eyes of faith, everything is reversed. You are small but strengthened; feeble but fortified; little but loved.
Seeing is believing.
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Cor 4:17-18