2 Kings 6:16 - Spiritual Eyesight - the 5th dimension.
2 Ki 6:16 (KJV) And he answered, Fear not: for they that be
with us are more than they that be with them.
2 Ki 6:16 (CWB) Elisha said, "Don't be afraid. We have a
stronger force on our side than they have on theirs."
This verse is a wonderful source of comfort when we find
ourselves surrounded by sin or discouragement. [Passages Of Life SB]
We are frequently blinded by the seemingly overwhelming
obstacles directly in front of the path and do not raise our sight to
God's deliverance and presence just beyond the first horizon.
In the sojourn of life the people of God often find themselves
in situations that would cause them to be uncertain and afraid, but
God makes His presence known and speaks words of courage and... When a
man of God is surrounded by the enemies of the Lord, he may always
have the assurance that the strength that is with him is infinitely
greater than the strength of the enemy.... The weakest child of God,
seemingly alone and forsaken on earth, need never be afraid of all the
forces the enemy may send against him. With God on his side he is more
than a match for the mightiest hosts of evil. [SDA Commentary]
Faith reveals that God is doing more for his people than we can
ever realize through sight alone. When you face difficulties that
seem insurmountable, remember that spiritual resources are there even
if you can't see them. Look through the eyes of faith and let God
show you his resources. If you don't see God working in your life,
the problem may be your spiritual eyesight, not God's power. [Life
Sight looks to appearances, and fears; while faith (v. 16) looks
to God, and the soul is at peace. [Wycliffe Bible Commentary]
The clearer sight we have of the sovereignty and power of
Heaven, the less we shall fear the troubles of earth. [Matthew Henry
We can be calm in the midst of troubles if our hope is fixed in
God rather than in modern "Assyrias." [Victor Bible Reader's
Security is not the absence of danger but the presence of God no
matter what the danger. [Daily Walk Bible]
If you wear glasses, then you're probably familiar with the term
myopia. Myopia, simply defined, is improper focus. Images appear fuzzy
or blurred because the eye is incapable of bringing the light to a
sharp focus. Physical myopia can be detected and corrected quite
But there is a similar visual problem in the spiritual realm.
Let's call it "spiritual myopia." The symptoms: clear focus when it
comes to identifying problems, obstacles, and difficulties in everyday
life, but great difficulty in focusing on the reservoir of power and
protection which God has provided to meet those problems head-on. Spiritual
myopia is the condition Elisha's servant suffered from when he focused
on the problem (6:15) but not the provision (6:17). He saw only a
horde of Syrians, while Elisha saw the host of angels.
On a 3 x 5 card, draw a small eye chart (similar to what you
would find in an ophthalmologist's office) using the words of 2 Kings
6:16 and place it on your mirror or mantel. Let it remind you often
of the importance of proper spiritual focus in your walk with God.
[Your Daily Walk SB]
Read the next sentence carefully, counting the number of times
the letter f occurs, and write down your answer:
"The father of the bride paid for half of the festivities; the
unpaid balance of the bill he left for his new son-in-law as a wedding
gift" Did you spot five. . . six. . . seven? The correct answer is
ten! It's one thing to have "eyes to see" hidden letters in a
sentence; it's something altogether different--and infinitely more
significant--to have eyes to see God at work in the world around you. Elisha's
young servant was distraught when he saw the soldiers of Syria
surrounding the city of Dothan. The outlook was grim; there seemed to be no
hope of escape. But the servant lacked the eyes of faith to see the
angelic host God had dispatched to protect his prophet.
There are many things you will never "see" until you view life
from God's perspective. Look up these verses to test your own
"spiritual acuity" today: Psalm 25:15; 11:3; 119:18; 123:2; 141:8. [Daily
Elisha's servant was terrified by the awesome Syrian army
because he couldn't see the help available to him. He was totally
unaware of the great army of heavenly soldiers on his side. As we face
the difficult task of recovery, we may be tempted to give up; our
enemies may seem too powerful to overcome. But as we begin to see
through the eyes of faith, we will discover the awesome power available
to us. God's power is far greater than that of any of the enemies
we might face. If we trust God for help and admit our
powerlessness, we will find his power more than sufficient for our needs.
[Life Recovery SB]
Birds Are Super Navigators
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 . . . horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings
Elisha and the young man seemed to be trapped, and the youth was
afraid. Elisha wasn't worried at all. Not only did he have faith in the
guiding hand of God, but he was also able, with expanded powers of sight
granted to him by God, to see the Lord's forces always ready to protect
and deliver. He asked that the young man experience this special
That God is able to grant such powers of perception should be no
surprise in light of recent discoveries of the birds' ability to pick
their way through darkness to exact locations year after year,
traveling across trackless oceans, through fog and storms.
It has been known for some time that birds navigate by the
stars. Without compass, watch, or map, they know exactly where to go by
using the stars to guide them. More recently it was discovered that
birds are also sensitive to air-pressure changes that are so slight
that weathermen have to use special instruments to detect them. By
using this sensitivity, birds can avoid storms in their path.
Also, birds are able to hear infrasound (sound so low in pitch
that our ears cannot hear it) that is made by storms, waves, and
earthquakes more than a thousand miles away. That means that they can hear
the waves on a beach hundreds of miles away! And now we have learned
that birds can see polarized light, which allows them to pinpoint the
location of the sun even when the sun is behind the clouds. They know
where they are going even on cloudy days.
So birds possess at least four perceptual abilities that we
don't have. Just as Elisha and the youth were able to escape openly
through the blinded enemies, so the birds thread their way easily
through what seem to us to be impossible barriers. That is only a
glimpse of the powers of perception that God, in His love, wants to open
for us. [Glimpses Of God's Love by J & P Tucker]
The local sheriff had decided to tighten the requirements for
his deputies. Each man had to qualify on the firing range, and the
distance had been extended from fifteen yards to twenty-five yards. So
the deputies gathered to try their hand at hitting the target at the
increased distance. Each man had eighteen seconds to get off twelve
The best shot in the area is also a personal friend, George
Burgin, who, together with his wife, Corenne, keeps an eye on Bill and
me. The day before the trials he had been fitted with his first pair
of trifocals. When his time came to shoot, he drew a bead on the
"Suddenly," as he told me later, "I began to perspire. And when
I perspire, my glasses fog up. There I was with a bead drawn on
the target, and all I could see was fog."
"Then I remembered what our old Navy instructor had taught us:
'If (for some reason) you ever lose sight of the target,' he said,
'just remember your position."'
"So," our friend said, "I just held my position and pulled the
trigger as fast as I could. By then I had less than eighteen seconds,
but I got off all twelve shots. When I took off my glasses and wiped
them, I had hit the bull's-eye every time."
There are times when we, for some reason, lose sight of our
target -- which is to glorify our Lord. The world is too much with us.
Tears blur our vision. Unexplained tragedy raises questions that
cannot be answered and shakes our faith to its foundations.
Then we must remember our position, for the Christian's position
is "in Christ." As if we were tired or hurt children, He will
gather both us and our loads.
Though we may not, for some reason, see the target, if we just
"remember our position," we won't miss. (From The Legacy of a Pack Rat by
Ruth Bell Graham) [Inspirational SB]
Psa 34:7 (KJV) The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them
that fear him, and delivereth them.
1 John 4:4b (KJV) Greater is he that is in you, than he that is
in the world.
Rom 8:31b (KJV) If God be for us, who can be against us?