Archive for April 11th, 2017
As you read through this passage it’s difficult not to get excited about the fact that God’s heavenly forces had been deployed just where Israel needed them. We are reminded here that the thin veil that separates heaven from earth is just that, a thin veil. It also reminds us that as often as Jesus said, “I do what I see my Father in heaven doing” Elisha and Elijah and probably many others through the generations were doing exactly the same. Elisha could see the things of heaven that others around him could not see.
I would be happy to have verse 17 prayed over me at any moment in time,
““Open his eyes, Lord, so that 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.”
To be able to see into heaven and view what God is doing should be the goal of every living Christian. To be able to recognise the places where God is working and to understand how we can interact with his divine ways should be our motivation for getting us out of bed in the morning.
I’d be happy learning that much from today’s passage but the story becomes even more impressive as you read. Elisha prayed that the attacking army would be blinded he could lead them into captivity. Having trapped them the king thought it was a good opportunity to slaughter them all thus ridding Israel of a major enemy. We can safely assume that Elisha was speaking God’s wisdom when he instructed the king to lay on a feast for the captives instead. Much better to win hearts and minds than to escalate the violence and maintain a state of enmity.
How often do we miss the opportunity to resolve conflicts because we don’t employ wisdom like that? Jesus said “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” (Matthew 5:39-41). How many wars could have been avoided, how many disputes settled, how many relationships could have been protected if only we were able to extend such grace and mercy? Perhaps we’ll never really know but we can work on the business of operating out of grace.
Heavenly Father, show me what you’re doing day by day and help me to walk in the way of grace. Amen