Elisha’s Ministry Continues
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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.