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None So Blind...

Daily Reading:  2 Kings 6


15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6.15-17)


Devotional Thought: Sometimes the people of God are blind to the blessings of God.  We see that in 2 Kings 6, our chapter for today.  Elisha had been advising the Israeli army about the military maneuvers of the Syrians.  The King of Syria was enraged!  Elisha was in Dothan, and the king of Syria sent a military contingent to capture him.  Elisha was not worried.  He had ‘inside information.’  Elisha’s servant, however, was blind to what Elisha saw.  Seeing the army all around the city, he cried, “Alas, my master!  What shall we do?”


Elisha didn’t make an escape plan.  Instead, he just simply asked God to open the eyes of his servant.  When his eyes were opened he saw that escape was not needed.  When our eyes are open, we often see that escape is not the best option!


I wonder if Elisha is still praying that prayer in heaven.  I wonder if he can see the children of God today, wishing we could see the armies of the Lord all around us. 


Jesus opened the eyes of the blind when he walked on earth.  Now he instructs us to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, “so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26.18).


May God open our eyes that we may see!


Prayer: Lord, sometimes I can't see you because my problems loom so large in front of me.  Show mercy, O Lord, and open my eyes so that I can see that help is on the way.  Amen.


Psalm of the Day: 13.1-6

1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

4 lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6 I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

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