While on my recent missions trip to Mexico, I was asked to share a morning devotional with the team. Since I’ve been parked on John 1 and Genesis 1, I thought I’d head in that direction and, in my study, I was drawn to another section of scripture that can be tied right in. (See my previous post Light.)
We know that Jesus is light. We also know that Jesus is the Word. So that means that Jesus was there at creation. The only reason that we see anything at all is because of light. Yet, even knowing this, do we truly see Jesus in everything? Very few, if any, do. But I believe that we all can.
Let’s head to our reading today in 2 Kings. Elisha and his servant have found themselves surrounded by an enemy army. The outlook is poor at best. When Elisha’s servant starts to fret, Elisha gives what could be considered to be a loco response.
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
2 Kings 6:16 (NASB)
Wait, what? They’re completely surrounded. Who are these people that Elisha is talking about?
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:17 (NASB)
Elisha knew who was on their side. And I believe his servant did, too. The difference is that Elisha’s spiritual eyes had been opened to see their salvation. We, like the servant, often fail to see Jesus in everything. If He is Light, then He is the reason we see anything at all. I believe that we can pray like Elisha did that our eyes may be opened so that we can truly see the world around us.
We may see the horrors of this life, but the reason we see them is because Jesus is there. God didn’t stop the army from surrounding Elisha, but that which was surrounding was also surrounded.
Imagine how your life could change if you were able to see the Light of the World illuminating everything. Instead of mere words, you hear the Word that spoke all of creation into being. And remember:
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:5 (NLT)
Daily Bible reading: 2 Kings 6-8, John 4:31-54