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?