An Army Blinded

When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?”

Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”

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.

When the Arameans came against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Please strike this nation with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, according to Elisha’s word. Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will take you to the man you’re looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. When they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open these men’s eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria.

2 Kings 6:15-20

Physical blindness is often illustrative of spiritual blindness in Scripture. Here we see two examples of God opening the eyes of those who could not see His plan.

The first is the servant of Elisha. When he wakes in the morning, he sees the army of Aram surrounding his city, ready to arrest Elisha. He panics and reports the dire situation to Elisha. Elisha sees something else, though. He sees a vast army of angels ready to defend him. He prays that the servant will see what he sees and God opens the eyes of the servant to the new realities around them.

The second example of blindness is the Aramean army, itself. In spite of seeing Yahweh work in miraculous ways through the healing of Naaman, they continue to pursue Elisha. Elisha prays that Yahweh would strike them with blindness, which He does. Elisha then guides them into the center of Israel’s capital city, Samaria. The Arameans’ eyes are then opened to find themselves surrounded by their enemy and in a desperate situation.

Sometimes we need to pray for our eyes to be opened to the work of God around us. We need our eyes opened to His ways of providing for our needs. We also may need our eyes opened to His grace extended to us so that we don’t persist in walking against His plan.

  • How may you need God to open your eyes today?

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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