August 2022 NEWSLETTER – Open Your Eyes! Rev Juan Feliciano
In 2 Kings 6:8-23, the word of the Lord speaks to us about a time in the life of the prophet Elisha when circumstances seemed to be quite detrimental and no solution or way out in sight. The king of Aram, who was at war with Israel, found out that it was one single man (Elisha) who had been frustrating his attempts to destroy Israel (see vs. 12). The king’s solution to his problem (Elisha) was send out a massive army with horses and chariots to surround the city where Elisha was staying at, Dothan. The next morning when the servant of Elisha (Gehazi) went out he saw the army that had surrounded the city. Gehazi went into panic mode and said to his master, “We are surrounded by a great army, what shall we do?”. The response of Elisha was to comfort the servant not to be afraid. He told the servant that there are more with us than those who are with them. The next step for the prophet was to pray to the Lord. The response of the prophet sets an example for us to follow when facing seemingly impossible circumstances to quote the word of God and pray to our Lord. Elisha’s prayer was that God would open the eyes of his servant. We know that the servant did not close his eyes to what was happening, but that his spiritual eyes were closed to the possibility of what God could do in the midst of this circumstance. The Lord answered the prayer of Elisha and the servant was able to see that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha! We, at times, find it difficult to see what God is doing all around us. Our knowledge and prior experiences tend to have us see things in the natural and make us forget that we live in the power of an almighty God and that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.