2 Kings 6:16-17 “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Man has always been fascinated with the magical and supernatural. Today, the majority of books sold and movies made contain some element of the supernatural.
Why is that?
One might say it is man’s need to control his environment or hunger for power. Others might say that we are drawn to the hidden and the unknown. At its root, the need for self-importance speaks of the pride of man.
God placed within us the desire to seek Him.
Romans 1:18-19 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.”
No one will stand before God and say, “I never heard or saw anything remotely pointing me to God.”
Romans 1:20-21 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
They are without excuse.
The lost will be judged for the things they heard and saw that led them to God. All will have the witness within themselves of the reality of God in this life so that they cannot deny the existence of God.
Because we’ve been given free will by God, the choice is ours to believe.
Some might say, “If you would have shown me.”
The apostle Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus appeared first to the disciples gathered in that upper room. When he heard of Jesus visiting them, he said:
John 20:24-25 “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Jesus came a second time and stood in their midst. He called Thomas out for his doubt.
John 20:27 “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”
History records his monicker as “Doubting Thomas.” Did you ever realize that Thomas never touched Jesus as he said he needed to believe?
John 20:28-29 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Faith and sight are polar opposites in God’s economy.
Today’s passage regarding Elisha is an interesting one. Elisha was chosen by God to succeed the great prophet, Elijah. When it came time for Elijah to be called home, he asked Elisha if he could impart some spiritual gift to him.
2 Kings 2:9-10 “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.”
Faith is rooted in our spirit. Belief in God, His miracles, and promises all stem from our spirit’s belief that it is so. Elisha saw and knew that Elijah’s faith was strong. He wanted what Elijah had but doubled.
History tells us that Elisha did, in fact, receive a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha did twice as many miracles as Elijah.
Back to our passage – can you imagine being that servant consumed with fear seeing they were surrounded by the enemy? Then, to see your master calm and collected must have been unnerving.
But when Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, and saw the angelic realm in an array. What a sight that must have been!
Christian author, Frank Peretti, has written many books. Two, in particular, seemingly lift the veil between the earthly and the spiritual. “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness” are written telling the happenings of both worlds as the events of the story unfold.
Many have the desire to see such things in their lives.
Yet, I wonder what would happen to our faith? Trusting God to do what He says He will do takes faith. Seeing it take place takes no faith at all.
When faced with an impossible situation or circumstance, do we have faith enough to believe that our God can do the impossible?
Luke 18:27“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Whether it is healing from cancer or delivering from a death sentence, God can do it; but, will He? Therein lies a seed of doubt. Full faith allows the decision to be wholly God, trusting that it is His will whatever the outcome.
We labor in prayer at the bedside of a loved one, asking God to heal them. When they pass on, we feel as if God let us down somehow. We cite examples of those whom God has healed and wonder why this is different.
Faith bridges the gap to help us understand that they experienced the ultimate healing. So much of what we could not see nor comprehend will be revealed in eternity.
We must not place unreal expectations on God. If He chooses to keep hidden the reasons for what He did, we must accept it by faith that it was all for our good.
Having the eyes to see things spiritual is not always a literal interpretation. It is by faith that we trust to see that which God allows.
We trust that which we cannot see, like guardian angels.
Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
It must not be in the seeing, we believe. As people of faith, we must believe without seeing. As Jesus told Thomas:
“…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”