Day 16

Elisha’s Ministry Continues

from the 1 & 2 Kings reading plan

2 Kings 6:1-33, 2 Kings 7:1-20, 2 Kings 8:1-15, Deuteronomy 6:10-12

BY Guest Writer

War, murder, and unthinkable tragedies are all a part of today’s reading. Yet even in the face of horrific evil, we see the Lord providing. From recovering an axe head to providing food to a starving people, the Lord provides again and again. The atrocities we see in the world around us, or even in our own hearts, can sometimes blind us from seeing the Lord at work on our behalf. But it is in the especially difficult seasons and situations that we need to pray, as Elisha did, that God would open our eyes to all the ways He provides for us.

Recently, a good friend shared how, over the course of several weeks, she had prayed for eyes to see the ways the Lord provides for her family—and how He did just that, abundantly so. Her faith encouraged me to pray that the Lord would also open my eyes to see how He provides for my family. And it was unbelievable! He graciously revealed all the big and small ways He works to supply us with what we need, how He has been providing for us all along. In big and small and unexpected ways, I began to see that His provision was all around us—even in the form of a canceled baseball game that freed us up to enjoy a rare, unrushed afternoon.

God is in the details of our lives, just as surely as He was in the details of Elisha’s life. The prophet clearly saw the Lord’s provision, and He wanted his servant to see it too.

“Then Elisha prayed, ‘LORD, please open his eyes and let him see.’
So the LORD opened the servant’s eyes,
and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses
and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17).

When we are able to see beyond our myopic perception of the world—free to behold the reality of God’s glory and majesty, sovereignty and grace—that is a gift from Him. All Elisha did was humbly ask for God to open the servant’s eyes, to let him see God’s power in that moment, as it really is.

Some days we may see huge, miraculous provision from Him, like those Elisha saw. Other days, we may see what seem like smaller glimpses of Him at work, and sometimes, we may be called to lean in to the promise of His presence. And on those days when we cannot see His provision at all, we are free to approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16) and ask our Father to open our eyes, remembering that His ultimate provision for us is His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who said, “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

Kimberly Girard is a well-loved child of God, wife of an extraordinary man, mother of three amazing kids, and writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find her at Loud Singing and on Twitter.

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15 thoughts on "Elisha’s Ministry Continues"

  1. Maya Bulos says:

    This too, is my prayer. Lord open my eyes to see! To see your provision, your faithfulness, your goodness, your healing, in the the land of the living. And to have faith like Elisha, to believe the report and Word of the Lord even before “I see”.

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  3. Camille English Davis says:

    The Shunammite woman… what an incredible story of how wisdom and generosity lead to blessings beyond measure. From this story I plan to – Be Discerning, Be Gracious, Be Generous, Be Kind, and Be Thoughtful…

  4. Camille English Davis says:

    The similarities between the ministries of Elisha and Jesus are striking. The timeline of this is so helpful!

  5. Camille English Davis says:

    So grateful for the Lord’s provision for my family. I’ve asked the Lord to open my eyes so I can behold even more ways He provides for me/us. I can’t wait to see what He shows me!

  6. Kristen says:

    I’m enjoying reading about the works of God that Elijah and Elisha witnessed. I was reading some of 2 Kings early Saturday morning and the scriptures brought a smile to my face. I was able to go back to sleep, but while I was resting/sleeping I was still thinking of the scriptures and the amazing work of God. I felt close to Him. It was an amazing, peaceful joyful, and exciting all at once! Thank you for this study!

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