Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. (2 Kings 6:17)
We live in an atmosphere of anxiety.
With just the swipe of a finger, you and I can access countless news feeds which abound with reasons to fear—government shut-downs, conflict in the middle east, and a million other issues. The world offers no shortage of reasons for hand-wringing.
In the midst of all this, we need perspective.
In 2 Kings 6, we read a story about the difference perspective can make.
The Syrian army surrounded the prophet Elisha and his servant—an entire army against two dudes. Bad odds.
Seeing that there was no earthly way out of the situation, the servant began to freak out. But Elisha, being a man of prayerful faith, knew better. He had enough perspective to assure his hand-wringing companion that they were surrounded by a much greater army than that of the Syrians. Then he prayed, “Lord, open his eyes that he may see.”
The Lord answered this prayer, granting the servant some much-needed perspective to see that the God of heaven was on their side. His army was with them.
You and I cannot avoid the world’s problems, but we can live with perspective.
One New Testament writer tells us how: “Building yourselves up in your most holy faith… keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jd. 20–21). To live with perspective, you and I must be built up in the faith, which means that we need to devote ourselves to practices through which our eyes are opened to God’s love in Christ.
This is why gathered worship matters. It is one way we can exit the atmosphere of anxiety to be built up in the faith together. As we gather to worship, the Holy Spirit is re-shaping our perspective to make us realize that in Christ the God of heaven is always on our side. And that’s the perspective we all need.
Let’s ask the Lord to open our eyes that we too may see.
FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- In what areas of your life are you struggling to gain perspective? Ask God to give you a calm, unshakable confidence that He is on your side (read Rom. 8:31). Pray that He would use whatever it is you are facing today to strengthen your faith and to make you more like Jesus.
- In what ways might God use specific aspects of this Sunday’s gathered worship to give you perspective? Pray over the different elements of Sunday’s worship gathering—the preaching, the singing, the reading of the Word, and the prayers—that God would use it all to build you up in the faith. Ask that, as you participate in LifePoint’s gatherings, the Holy Spirit would ground you more firmly in God’s love.
- Who in our church needs perspective right now? Take a moment to pray for whoever the Spirit brings to mind. Ask that God would work in their life as they come to church this Sunday. Consider what you might do or say to build them up in the faith.