Seeing Life Through A New Set Of Eyes

Seeing Life Through A New Set Of Eyes

2 Kings 6:15-16(NKJV) - And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

It must have been terrifying for Elisha's servant that morning. He woke up early, walked outside and was greeted by the powerful Syrian army all around. If you read 2 Kings 6:8-14, you will be able to understand why they were there. God gave Elisha the ability to sit in Israel and see in the spirit directly into the Syrian king's palace in real time. Therefore, he was able to give the king of Israel a "heads-up" every time the Syrians made plans to attack.

So when the Syrians tried to ambush the armies of Israel, the tables were turned and they were the ones getting ambushed. Frustrated, the Syrian king blamed the leak on a mole in his kingdom. After questioning his servants, he was duly informed by one of his servants that God was feeding the information to Elisha. As a result, the Syrian army was dispatched to capture Elisha in Israel.

Upon seeing the army, Elisha's servant was understandably afraid. They were up against a formidable foe and outside of the mercy of the Syrian king, death was a real possibility. Think about it. When it's just the two of you and your most powerful weapon is a stick, your options are limited. That's especially true when the enemy has horses and chariots in battle formation as far as your eyes can see. Those are the facts and we can't pretend that they don't exist.

Nevertheless, when his servant approached him in complete panic, Elisha remained calm. Elisha told his servant not to be afraid because they had more on their side than the Syrian army had on the other side. That sounds great in hindsight but at the moment it probably didn't make much sense. According to simple Math, that would be statistically impossible judging from the mere fact that it was only two of them. Elisha's servant probably looked around again and wondered; "What is this man talking about?" That's when the story completely changed.

2 Kings 6:17-18(NKJV) - And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then 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.

Elisha knew something that his servant did not. Elisha also saw something that his servant could not. The difference between the two men was their perspective. Elisha looked through the eyes of faith which enabled him to see into the spirit realm while his servant looked through natural eyes. In response, Elisha prayed a simple prayer, "Lord open his eyes so he can see what's going on." That's an interesting prayer because from a natural perspective his eyes were already open and working very well. He was able to accurately see the Syrian army surrounding them.

Nothing was wrong with the servant's eyes. However, everything was wrong with his perspective. While the servant was seeing the Syrian army surrounding them, Elisha was seeing the armies of God surrounding the Syrian army. Hence, God opened the servant's eyes so that his perspective extended beyond just the Syrian army around the city. With a fresh set of eyes, he was able to see into the mountains above them where God's army of horses and chariots were warming up for battle. (pun intended) He literally looked above his problems into the hills where God had sent help. This is the exact perspective David had in Psalm 121.

Perspective: the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed .... point of view... the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Your perspective is your point of view. It's how you see what you see. Perspective is everything. Regardless of the facts or even the truth, your perspective shapes your reality. What you see is not as important as how you see it. Two people can see the same thing but how they see it truly determines what's real to each of them. As a result, God can instantly change your situation by instantly changing your perspective. He can then gradually change the facts of the situation to match the truth of His Will for your life. So what really shapes your perspective? Information. What you know determines how you see things. For instance, Elisha knew that God was on their side so his perspective on the Syrian army was that they were no match for God's army. If you really know what's going on, you will see things differently.

1 Samuel 1:1-20(NKJV) - Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. 4 And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb. 6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?" So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head." 12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. 13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!" 15 But Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now." 17 Then Eli answered and said,"Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him." 18 And she said,"Let your maidservant find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked for him from the Lord."

Where, when and why did Hannah's mood change from sad to peaceful? Where? In the place of prayer. When? The moment she received The Word of God through the priest, Eli. Why? She believed God. She believed God and that changed her perspective enough that it brought her time of fasting and prayer to an abrupt end. Do you realize that the only thing which had actually changed at the moment when Hannah quit crying was her perspective?

She did not have her son yet but she knew that if God said she was having a son, it was done already. With that fresh perspective, there was no need to keep on crying. Her change had already come and her prayer was already answered. With that level of faith, after a lifetime of barrenness she got pregnant the same night. It looks like she got home and told her husband what God had said so they didn't waste any time doing their part of the miracle. One Word from God was all Hannah needed to change her perspective.

What's your story? What have you been praying and crying and praying and crying out to God for? Has God spoken to you about it yet? If yes, stop crying and praying about it. He's given you the answer, so break out in thanksgiving. Get up and start getting ready to receive what He has promised. If He's not spoken to you yet, then feel free to keep crying and praying about it until you get an answer. One thing is for sure, He will eventually answer. He will answer through His Word, in your heart, through a friend, through a preacher, through this blog, etc. Nevertheless, it may not always be the answer you're looking for but whatever He says is the answer and when He speaks, that's all the info you need to change your perspective.

Psalms 121:1-8(NKJV) - I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

I know you want your situation changed but before anything changes around you, something has to change inside of you. One Word from God is all you need to change the way you look at things. Like Hannah, after you change the way you look at things to match what God has said you can expect God to change the actual situation. Apostle Paul said in Hebrews 11:1; "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." When you look around and it seems like you have no chance, faith says to look up. Your help comes from The Lord.

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