“Where did this burn on my arm come from?” I asked the Hobbs children.
I wasn’t expecting an answer. I guess I just sort of blurted my thoughts after noticing a 3-inch burn on my right outer arm yesterday. It wasn’t hurting, but it seemed strange that I didn’t remember how it got there. As you are well aware, a burning sensation on the skin is not easily ignorable, right?
Whenever something scalding hot—whether it is grease, water, or a solid particle of food—makes contact with your skin, it’s noticeably painful and uncomfortable.
Once I noticed the dark, flattened blister, it bugged me that I couldn’t trace its origin. Where did that thing come from?
Well, it wasn’t until this morning that it finally hit me. A few days ago, I was cooking, when the contents of the boiling hot pot on the stove, popped onto my arm.
Suddenly I remembered jumping, wincing and yelling, “Ouch!”
Not too long after the steaming splatter burned me, however, the pain went away and I forgot all about it. It wasn’t until I saw the mark on my skin that my memory was jogged. Because there is no pain connected to the wound, or any of the areas directly surrounding it, the burn incident dropped off the radar.
It’s easy to dismiss and ignore what doesn’t hurt that badly or pose any real threat. Most people would readily say they wish most of their issues were minor like that burn. I think, to some degree, we each long for the easier route. No one likes to suffer. Nobody wants to deal with major struggles, intimidating circumstances, and fierce battles like the one in 2 Kings 6:8-22.
Here we find the King of Aram and his mighty army waging war against Israel. Every time he tried to ambush them, though, the Lord would reveal Aram's plans to the prophet Elisha. Then the man of God would tell the king of Israel what was in the works.
Elisha, a divinely called and anointed informant, helped the Israelites continually dodge attacks and avoid setups. He kept them from falling into the snares and traps of the enemy. Over and over again, God thwarted the Arameans’ plans through divine revelation.
Aram got so frustrated and paranoid about his plans being leaked, he thought he had a mole, a traitor in his kingdom, sharing secrets. This king had a carnal way of thinking, so he didn't consider the possibility of God's prophet being the one divulging secrets.
As you see, God is able to do great things. He can dumbfound and perplex the enemy. He can give you life-changing revelations that will protect and preserve you, and produce incredible benefits for His glory.
Aram was furious when he finally learned that God’s servant Elisha was to blame. But once he discovered the truth, the upset monarch set out to shut down this trouble-maker once and for all. Apparently, Aram didn't realize he wasn't contending with Elisha; he was contending with God. And that's always a losing battle. Who can contend with the Great I Am?
King Aram sent horses and chariots under the cover of night to surround Dothan. This was the place where Elisha was staying. The next morning, when Elisha’s servant saw that they were surrounded by the enemy, he panicked. It appeared that the enemy had successfully set up a perfect ambush. They were surrounded, with nowhere to go. There was clear and present danger.
In verse 16, Elisha told the servant not to be afraid.
“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
What was Elisha talking about? Those who were with them? Where were they? Who were these mysterious supposed allies?
Although the servant heard Elisha say they had more allies than opponents, he still couldn't see anyone or anything except the mighty army of enemy forces poised to crush them. His eyes were not yet opened to the truth.
So in verse 17, Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see."
In this scripture, that word see is the Hebrew word raah (raw-aw'). In some contexts, it just means natural eyesight. But here, it deals with prophetic sight into the spiritual realm. It means miraculous vision.
Elisha prayed that God would give his servant supernatural vision to see beyond the seen realm and into the realm of the unseen. When God responded to Elisha's prayer, the servant's whole perspective changed.
He opened the servant’s eyes and allowed him to see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. The prophet was right! He and his servant were being protected and defended by the Lord.
With his natural sight, the servant saw that they were surrounded by a host of enemies. But with his raah—miraculous vision—he saw an even greater host of divine allies encamped around them.
God did the miraculous for Elisha's servant, just as He is about to do the miraculous for you, His servant. Get ready for supernatural manifestation. God is moving in inexplicable ways that will delight and astound you.
Satan wants you to be unaware of the divine backing you have. He doesn't want you to know that God is on your side, fighting for you. The enemy wants you to be defeated, blindsided and ambushed. But God won't let it happen. Instead of the evil plot of the devil working, it will utterly fail.
Again, God is about to do the miraculous. It's going to cause a shift in your circumstances so great, it will disrupt the plan of the enemy. It will yank you out of the valley. It will catapult you to new levels of victory. It will launch you forth into destiny. It will eradicate disease from your body and expel lack from your life. It will mend broken relationships. It will make what is wrong right again.
I know circumstances look intimidating, but don't panic like Elisha's servant did. Instead, expect a miracle, for there is no opposition great enough to overtake, overwhelm and overthrow our God. He is stronger, greater, and more powerful than anything that could ever come against you.
To remind you of this truth, I'm stirring words directly from the mouth of God found in Jeremiah 32:27 NIV. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"
As you drink down the contents of your cup, don't feed into the fear of what you see in the natural. Rejoice over the amazing blessings and favor God is releasing supernaturally. He is about to do the miraculous for you and your household.
Watch and see.
Now let’s pray.
God, what things look like and what You have spoken don't match up. So I choose to believe Your word above my circumstances. Thank You for the miracle that's about to hit my house. I expect it and receive it by faith. In Jesus' name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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