Monday, February 25, 2013

Faith: Seeing the Unseen

The writer of Hebrews says about faith that...

"Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof off what is not seen..."

In the book of 2 Kings, there is a great story of seeing the unseen and having faith. In chapter 6, the king of Aram is waging war against Israel. His plans are constantly frustrated by the prophet Elisha because Elisha was telling the king of Israel Aram's moves even before they made them. So the king of Aram sent a massive army to the city of Dothan where Elisha was reported to have been to take him prisoner or even kill him.

The army arrives by night and surrounds the city. The people of the city wake up to the alarming fact that they are surrounded. Elisha's servant is greatly disturbed and asks of Elisha, "Oh, my master, what are we to do?" To which Elisha calmly replies...

"Don't be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them."

Evidently the servant is confused. All he sees is a vast Aramean army. However, Elisha prays for his servant's eyes to be opened. At once, the servant looks and he sees the mountains covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha! The story goes on and tells of how the whole army of Aram is captured but shown mercy. It's a great story and I encourage you to read it today when you get time.

What I like about the story is that it shows in many cases, we too often look with our human eyes at situations and forget that we serve a might God who sits on His throne. A mighty King who will not be shaken or moved. A mighty and all powerful Creator and Sustainer of everything with a definite plan and purpose for our lives as well as those of others.

I am often tempted to look at the problems in life and say, "the army of Aram is too great!" I need desperately to look with the eyes of faith and see that the armies of God are always greater.

Lord, give me faith today to see You and Your armies.



  1. Mao gyud ni akong gikinahanglan karon nga mabasa /madungog Manong Jeff. Salamat kaayo sa imong pagpa-ambit.

  2. Merlie, thanks for the comment and thanks for the is music to my ears and soul. :) Klaro ka-ayo!