2 Kings 6:15-17
15 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" 16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
What is the mental state of a person who doesn’t see the supernatural? What causes the fear? What limitations close in on such a man?
Philosopher/theologian Frances Schaeffer wrote “Looking at our universe is like looking at a whole orange – without the touch of God, you can only see half of it at once. As you hold it up and look with natural eyes for every part you can see there is an equal part you can’t.” When you look at the universe you can only see the natural half – but the supernatural is real, present, and active, you just need your eyes to be opened to it. Elisha’s servant went first-hand into this experience. When he got up early one morning he looked across the field and saw that they were surrounded by enemy armies. He was immediately gripped with fear. Fear because he didn’t see how their resources stacked up against such a threat. He began feeling inferior to their situation.
It’s the same today – you may have circumstances stacking up against you and you can’t imagine a way out as you calculate in the natural. Elisha comes to you and says, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then he prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw, and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The servant’s mental state? Fearful, negative, defeated. Cause of the fear? An inferior estimation of resources – we don’t have what will take to deal with this. The more he confessed his lack, the greater his fear grew.
What limitations close in? God probably can’t or won’t provide anything. He did help me out before, but that likely used up everything He had available.
“A half-hour of being in heaven and you’ll apologize to God for your lack of trust”