When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. 2 Kings 6:15-17

What do you see that has you stressed?  What do you see that has you scared?  What problem are you fixated on?  It looks big doesn’t it?  It looks unconquerable, right? You have no clue how to get out of it, when it’s going to end and, most of all, if you’ll be all right whenever it’s over and however it ends.  I have been there.

I have learned some things from those times in my life though.  Thank you Jesus.

I have learned that it is at that very moment, when I am in the midst of distress, when I am facing a “larger than life” problem, it is at those times I need to recalibrate, so to speak. I can call upon the Lord and do just like this servant and say to the Lord, I’ve got a problem, and it’s real.  (What the servant saw was reality.  It made him scared, but it only made him scared because he saw the true vastness of the problem. He wasn’t making stuff up.) And yep, I know the Lord already knows the problem; but me personally, I need to verbalize it because (a) it helps me face my fear and (b) it makes me make a conscious decision to invite God into the situation.  It makes me say to myself and the Lord, I want to have eyes to see you in this; I want eyes to see this from your perspective Lord!  And without fail He allows the Holy Spirit to guide me into all the truth.  I finally see that this problem, while big, is NOT, and NEVER WILL BE bigger, than my God.  This problem, while it temporary immobilized me because I was scared; it did not render my God powerless.  My God is almighty and all powerful, He is my dread champion (Jeremiah 20:11).  At that moment, when he opens my eyes, I know without a doubt, I’m gonna win!

Thank you Lord for always meeting me right where I am.

(c) 2015, The Heart of the Matter Ministries, Devotionals or Something Like It, “The Battle of the Mind”

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net: “Hooded Person” by Ambro

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