God Sees; God Gives
Elisha was hiding in Dothan from his enemies because they had become aware that he knew exactly what they were doing as they tried to thwart the plans of God’s people. This is the historical context of the story.
“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that 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” (2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV).
Today we see a vast army encircling the camp around us. At the time I wrote this article, there were more than 578,000 confirmed coronavirus disease victims in the U.S.; and more than 23,000 people have died. Canada has more than 26,000 cases; and Bermuda (57) and Guam-Micronesia (148) are not exempt.*
What will we do in the face of this great, silent, and invisible enemy that has come against us?
Elisha’s story can bring us closer to God and help us understand that He is always with us, loves us, and cares about us — even in the moments when we are isolated and alone. Even in those moments when we discover we have the coronavirus, and even in those moments when a loved one or a friend has been taken as a victim of this disease.
Elisha prays, “Open his eyes, Lord, that he may see.” Elisha’s servant would have given up and resigned himself to death had it not been for the direct and the gracious intervention of God. When he viewed the situation based on his history and experience, based upon his knowledge of what was outside the walls in terms of earthly power, and based upon the apparent ineptness of Israel’s armies, the servant concluded all was lost. But God opened his eyes.