Trusting In the Unseen

Surprised By God When You Cannot See Him

Redefining the Wilderness by connecting to the Word of God and nurturing our relationship with Him.

 

Dearest Reader,

When we connect to the Word of God, we nurture our relationship with Him, grow in our knowledge of God’s faithfulness by seeing who He is. We are wooed, wowed, and surprised. Connection to God’s Word opens our eyes to trust in the unseen.

How do we connect to the Word of God? Last week I shared with you the words from Psalms 119 that I pray as I approach my time in the Word. You can print the prayer here.

Before we go any further, may I ask you a question? Is there an area in your life where you feel as if you cannot see God? Or, has there ever been a time when you thought you could not see Him? A time when you believed God abandoned you in your pain?

Elisha’s servant had a problem trusting in the unseen until Elisha prayed for God to open his eyes.

Trusting in the unseen is not easy unless you have connected with and know how faithful God is.

Let’s read together 2 Kings 6: 8-23 in the Christian Standard Bible.

When the king of Aram was waging war against Israel, he conferred with his servants, ‘My camp will be at such and such a place.’

But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel: ‘Be careful passing by this place, for the Arameans are going down there.’ Consequently, the king of Israel sent word to the place the man of God had told him about. The man of God repeatedly warned the king, so the king would be on his guard.
The king of Aram was enraged because of this matter, and he called his servants and demanded of them, ‘Tell me, which one of us is for the king of Israel?’
One of his servants said, ‘No one, my lord the king. Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in your bedroom.’
So the king said, ‘Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.’
When he was told, ‘Elisha is in Dothan,’ he sent horses, chariots, and a massive army there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, ‘Oh, my master, what are we to do?’ Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.’
Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

What happens next?

When the Arameans came against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, ‘Please strike this nation with blindness.’ So he struck them with blindness, according to Elisha’s word.
Then Elisha said to them, ‘This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will take you to the man you’re looking for.’ And he led them to Samaria.
When they entered Samaria, Elisha said, ‘Lord, open these men’s eyes and let them see.’ So the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw that they were in the middle of Samaria.
When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, ‘Should I kill them, should I kill them, my father?’
Elisha replied, ‘Don’t kill them. Do you kill those you have captured with your sword or your bow? Set food and water in front of them so they can eat and drink and go to their master.’
So he prepared a big feast for them. When they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. The Aramean raiders did not come into Israel’s land again.

A Quick Summary:

  • The King of Aram was waging war against Israel. Whenever he would tell his servants where he was planning to camp, Elijah would send word to the king of Israel.
  • Elijah, the man of God, repeatedly warned the king so he would be on guard.
  • The king of Aram was enraged, suspecting a spy among his men.
  • One of the king’s men spoke up, telling him it was Elisha, the prophet in Israel.
  • He even informed the king of Israel what the Aramean king said in his bedroom.
  • The king of Aram sends horses, chariots, and a massive army to Dothan where Elisha was staying.
  • Elisha’s servant went out early, discovering the army with horses, and chariots surrounding the city.
  • The servant asked Elisha what they should do.
  • Elisha told the servant not to be afraid, and he prays for God to open his eyes to see.

Elisha’s servant cannot see what God is doing, so what does Elisha do? He prays.

Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Elisha realizes the servant is not trusting in the unseen. Instead, the servant is fearful of what he does see, the massive army surrounding them.

When Elisha prays his servant’s eyes now see the unseen.

Elisah trusts in the unseen God.

Surrounded by an army of problems, circumstances beyond your control, trusting in the unseen is near impossible. Am I right?

We are tangible people, often requiring proof that God is near, that He is in our circumstances. In that moment of fear and doubt, we cannot trust what we cannot see.

But God, in his mercy and grace, opens our eyes to be surprised by Him. Our hearts move from not trusting to trusting Him in the unseen.

When we invest time connecting with Him in his Word, we know that we can trust that He is with us even if we cannot see Him.

We are not so different from Elisha’s servant; we are fickle and prone to doubt a faithful God. Or we are caught so off guard by his faithfulness we are surprised.

In the Wiersbe Old Testament Bible Commentary, Warren Wiersbe says this:

“We wonder what promises from the Lord came to Elisha’s mind and heart, for it’s faith in God’s Word that brings peace in the midst of the storm.”

Elisha knew no fear for he was trusting God in the unseen.

Can we say the same?

Are we daily connecting with God through His Word and moving closer to Him? Cultivating and nurturing a relationship that prays for eyes to see God in the unseen? Expecting God to show up for us just as he did for Elisha and his servant? Or, is it easier to doubt rather than trusting God to be faithful in the unseen?

Redefining the Wilderness by connecting to the Word of God and nurturing our relationship with Him.

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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