Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Early one morning, Gehazi, servant of the prophet Elisha, decided to take a walk around the city of Dothan. He was greatly dismayed to discover that during the night a huge army of troops and chariots had encircled the city. Terrified, he cried out to Elisha …
“Oh, sir, what will we do now?
2 KINGS 6:15 (NLT)
The prophet calmly told him not to fear. He assured him that …
“For there are more on our side than on theirs!”
2 KINGS 6:16 (NLT)
How confusing those words must have seemed! After all, anyone could see there was no escaping the army that surrounded them. But Elisha saw something Gehazi could not; Elisha saw the situation from God’s perspective, so he was not deceived by appearances.
Then Elisha prayed …
“O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!”
2 KINGS 6:17 (NLT)
And suddenly Gehazi saw something he never imagined was there: the enemy was itself surrounded by the Lord’s army of horses and chariots of fire! Like Gehazi, we need to remember that what we see isn’t necessarily the whole truth. We need to see the truth from God’s perspective.
PASTOR RON MEHL battled cancer for 22 years.
During that time he was intimately aware
of our need for God’s perspective
as we endure times of suffering.
Wisdom is seeing things from God’s perspective.
We pray for all of us that when we face adversity and trials that seem way too big for us to ever overcome and we cry out in despair as Gehazi did, “Oh Lord what will we do now?” that we will pray as Elisha did, “O Lord open our eyes and let us see!” Because remember …
“If there’s anything we need in a stormy trial,
it’s perspective …
when we catch the updrafts of God’s Spirit
and are lifted to new heights,
trials look extraordinarily different.”
JONI EARECKSON TADA
On the Journey with You,
Dave & Jan Dravecky