Spiritual Sight

“And Elisha prayed and said Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. The the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 2:17 

Here in 2 Kings, we learn that Elisha prayed for spiritual sight. Things could look a lot different for us if we would choose to look at things with our spiritual eyes opened. If I choose to look at my life though the physical, I can despair, and I can think, “There’s just no way out man, I am surrounded.” But if I choose to look at my surrounding with my spiritual eyes, I get a whole new perspective. Instead of feeling I am heading for certain defeat, I now see certain victory. 

Chuck Smith writes:  “Because we live in the physical realm, we lose sight of the spiritual, and are prone to be filled with fear and despair because it looks like things are hopeless. That’s because we’re looking at things which are seen with our eyes.” With my spiritual eyes open and God’s promises before them, I now see a bright future, one filled with joy because I know that Jesus has already won the battle over the armies of darkness and evil. 

Through the eyes of faith I can now pray, “God open my eyes to see the flaming chariots, let me experience all the power the Holy Spirit has made available to me through the victory of Jesus Christ upon the cross." 

Why do some believers always seem confident of victory when others always seem defeated? Could the answer be discovered in what you have your focus on? Charles Spurgeon writes, “Faith serves the believer for eyes, and makes him see what others cannot. This keeps a man quiet and calm, and enables him to check the fears of those who cry, “Alas my master! What shall we do?” 

From the passage today we should understand that the natural eye is blind to heavenly things. God is everywhere, but sin has blinded mankind. God wants to speak to man, but instead of listening to God’s voice, man seeks to know his purpose or future through astrology. We should also understand that only God can open a man’s spiritual eyes. You might be able to lead a blind man around by the arm, but you can’t make him see because that is God’s work alone.

What can you and I do then for those who cannot see spiritual things? This week we must do what Elisha did! We can pray that God would open their eyes. Just think of all the people around you, who don’t know the Lord. They pass through life blindfolded to the colorful works of God. They live in a darkened world that is spiritually full of flowers, and stars and sunsets, but they are not aware of any of it.

This week may our prayer be like Elisha’s, “Lord open their eyes that they might find You, help them to hear your voice, and find the reason why You sent Your Son into the world, to give Your life for theirs, that they might know the One who made them.”  Lord, help us to see that we are not defeated, though surrounded with problems, but help us see the power available to us, that we might have the victory over the sin in our lives, in Jesus Name.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob


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