And Elisha prayed, and said, “ Lord , I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then 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.
II Kings 6:17 (NKJV)
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2 Kings 6:17 (NLT) —Then Elisha prayed, “O L ord , open his eyes and let him see!” The L ord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
2 Kings 6:17 (NIV) —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.
2 Kings 6:17 (MSG) —Then Elisha prayed, “O God , open his eyes and let him see.” The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!
As God’s vision unfolds in our lives we will find that on occasions there are obstacles in its fulfillment. There will be times in our lives where we will not see the same thing God sees in our future. We will only see the negative and difficulty of our situation, without being able to see a defined and clear vision. We see this even happen in scripture with Guiezi, Elisha’s servant. Elisha had to pray to God so that his eyes would be open. Guiezi only saw the enemy and fear tried to take over him so that he would not see God and all his army at his disposition.
Scripture tells us that the army of the enemy had sieged the city and as the servant saw this he said, “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (II Kings 6:15-16). To how many of you has this happened to? How many obstacles have come to cloud our vision? All this with the purpose of us not fulfilling the plans and vision God has birthed in our hearts. Be sure that the obstacles of doubt, fear, uncertainty, impatience and so many other things will try to control us so we may not advance with God’s vision.
Even in this story we can see how the prophet Elisha was used so that his servant could be able to see the vision with clarity. Thank God for the vision clarity that Elisha had, if not, what would have been of Guiezi? This morning it’s important to recognize the importance of having visionary leaders in our lives. Leaders that will help us see the future with clarity and perspective, when we sometimes can’t see anything. It’s visionary leaders that see beyond the opposition and obstacles! When others only see the enemies strength coming against, there are men and women with vision that see that there are more for us than against us. That with God, all things are possible!
Let us pray this morning that the Holy Spirit may open our eyes the see the vision with clarity. Just as the scripture Ephesians 1:18 says, “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling…” God desires for us to see our future just as he sees it. Let us pray that we never allow obstacles, as big as they may be, to destroy our vision and future. Be careful of only seeing your present and forget that God has a great vision for our future. Believe that this morning your best days are yet to come!
Psalms 119:18 (NKJV) —Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
Isaiah 42:7 (NKJV) — To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
Acts 26:18 (NKJV) —to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV) —the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,