Seeing But Not Seeing
2 Kings 6:17 “And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so 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.”
Elisha’s servant wasn’t blind, he could see. He woke up and on looking outside, he saw that the enemy they dreaded had caught up with them and surrounded them. He saw the enemy surrounding them and cried to Elisha in desperation and fear for their lives. He could see the plans of the enemy and was afraid, but he couldn’t see the plans of God and have courage. Elisha’s servant was seeing but not seeing!
Elisha responded to his servant’s genuine fears by telling him not to be afraid. Then Elisha prayed to the Lord, requesting that his servant’s eyes be opened. Elisha knew that though his servant was seeing, he wasn’t seeing. Seeing but not seeing!
When God opened the servant’s eyes, he saw that while there was the Aramean army seeking their lives, there also was a heavenly stronger and bigger army protecting their lives. When God opened the servant’s eyes, he saw that they were not only surrounded by enemies, they were also surrounded by God’s saving army. He could see what he wasn’t seeing. He acknowledged that he was seeing but not seeing.
We too see but don’t see. We have a tendency for permanent pessimism without an iota of hope. We see but we don’t see. The glass for us is always half empty, never ever half full. We see but we don’t see. As a result of seeing but not seeing, we see the dangers facing the church and magnify them, but fail to see the salvation of God for the same church. We see corruption, but we don’t see progress elsewhere. We see failure and disappointment, but we don’t see development and success. We see failures of the church leaders but we don’t see the crusades and baptisms done by the same church leaders. We predict failure and end of the church and it’s institutions, because we are unable to see what else God is doing in His church and institutions. We see but don’t see!
While what we see is realistic and true, what we also don’t see is as realistic and true. While we have irrefutable tangible facts on how bad the situation is, the truth is that, that is only one half of reality, the other half of God’s ability is as real and as true. We read spiritual books and all we see is God rebuking and promising doom to sinners, but the same books have hope and peace promised, but we don’t see that. We see but don’t see! While we are right in what we see, we are also very wrong because of what we don’t see. In our zeal to look righteous and better, we see, we read, we quote, we share but from the negative side of things only, we don’t see hope and God’s salvation. We are partially right but completely wrong. We see but don’t see!
What do you see in your life today? Signs that you see but don’t see are when nothing seems positive for you. When for you, the enemy is stronger and better. When you have given up and are discouraged. When fear has engulfed you. You are seeing but not seeing. Do you think of suicide? Do you think of resigning? Do you think you are finished? Do you think you are unteachable and unhelpable? Do you think all is lost? Have you accepted failure and your terrible current circumstances? You could be right partially, but you are completely wrong if you haven’t factored in the power of God to change any situation. You are seeing but not seeing!
Elisha prayed to God to open his servant’s eyes so that he can see what God was doing. We too need our eyes opened. To see more than papacy activity, to see more than coming persecution, to see more than a corrupt church and leadership, to see more than mistakes in the church, to see more than our failed personal lives, to see more than witchcraft activities against us, to see more than threats against our success in life, to see more than potential failure and disaster facing us today, to see more than what our haters are doing… May God open our eyes to see what we are not seeing and thereby gain hope, courage and happiness today!
May we see God’s power and salvation deployed in our favour today regardless of how bad the circumstances are. May God open my eyes and your eyes today, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… share as it is… thank you and be blessed!)