2 Kings 6:15-17 has become one of my favorite Scriptures over the last couple years.
“The servant of the man of God woke up early and went outside. There he saw a great army, along with many horses and chariots, encircling Dothan.
Elisha’s Servant: Ah! Master, what are we going to do now?
Elisha: Have no fear. We have more on our side than they do. (praying) O Eternal One, I ask You allow my servant to see heavenly realities.
The Eternal awakened Elisha’s servant so that he could see. This is what he saw: the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.” (The Voice)
I wrote my devotional, Journey Through the Door, opening with this passage as a great example of the fact we, as humans, can actually see into the heavenly realm.
I love this particular story because Elisha’s servant was filled with fear over what he was seeing in the natural realm – a great army surrounding them. But Elisha saw past the natural circumstances and saw what heaven held – an even greater army of heaven, surrounding them in protection.
Often, we too, are surrounded by real and frightening circumstances that cause us to fear like Elisha’s servant. But we are called to be like Elisha, and see into another reality.
Heaven is available to the Believer – to fight for us and with us, against anything the enemy is coming against us with. When we can see what is happening in this realm, fear will leave us!
Nothing brings peace like seeing and experiencing the protection of the Lord, and His presence, to walk us through whatever circumstances we are faced with.
God is perfect love and 1 John 4:18 tells us that,
“Love will never evoke fear. Perfect love expels fear…” (The Voice)
Seeing what God sees will expel every fear we have. It’s not that we are in denial of the situation, it’s that we can see that God and His kingdom are bigger than we ever imagined and He is our Protector.
We can find faith – that ability to find confidence and trust in God – when we see heavenly realities. Faith will rise above fear, even in the darkest of situations.
My glimpse into heavenly realities….
Recently, the Lord showed me a picture of someone who had been fighting against the enemy for a long time. They had stood and fought for so long that they were weary and contemplating raising a white flag of surrender to the enemy.
But, what the person couldn’t see, is that Jesus was riding up on a horse behind them. Jesus was carrying a red flag – a flag of battle.
The revelation I got out of this heavenly picture is that, God is right behind us, ready to fight our battle with us and for us, if we will not give in and surrender.
And so I pray for grace for anyone who is fearful or weary of fighting. God, your Protector is riding up to fight this battle and bring victory to you!