Food for Thought2 Kings 6:15-17 Open Our Eyes
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

2 Kings 6:15-17 New International Version

15. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 

16. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17. And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Look at today’s news about terrorist attacks and the evil perpetrated on the earth and it is evident that this verse is a time and place in history that is a message for today;  our eyes need to be open. The eyes that He is speaking of are spiritual eyes or eyes of faith which indeed are our true sight.  

We can easily be swept away with fear and panic as we view life with our physical eyes.

It wasn’t the servant’s physical eyes that needed to be open.  He was already looking at the problem with his physical eyes, but God wanted him to see the solution; his spiritual eyes would open him up to what God had already prepared.   He sent angels to surround Elijah.   He brought resolution before the servant could see it.

2 Corinthians 4:18 New International Version

18. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We go through life looking at the physical realm around us, pretty much ignoring the spiritual realm which is even more real and more important than our physical world.

God dwells in the eternal because He is eternal and He is Spirit.     As a prophet of the Lord, Elisha was open to the spirit and learned to depend on his true eyes.  We too must learn to depend on our spiritual eyes: The eyes of faith.  As we do we will become stronger and better able to move through life relying on God’s grace and direction.  We need our eyes to be open to the truth around us more than ever.  Our enemy depends on us seeing things in the physical as truth so that he can maintain that deception and eventually get us off our ordained path. We are not capable of standing on our own against the enemy and we need to see through the filter of the Holy Spirit so that we can be strong and continue on even when the winds seem too strong or things look hopeless.  

Challenge:  Ask God to open your true (spiritual) eyes and reveal the truth in every situation.  

God bless,


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.