Elisha’s servant woke up early one morning and went outside and saw that the city was surrounded by an army with horses and chariots. He cried out to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?” Elisha said the three most frequently repeated words in the bible, “don’t be afraid.”  Then he added, “the army that fights for us is larger than one against us.” But, the servant didn’t see any army to fight for them. So, Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.” The servant then saw that the mountains were covered with a heavenly host of warriors!

The same is true for you and me! God never exempts us from trials and struggles and opposition in life, but he does promise to be there with us through them all. Paul gives us a list of all our enemies and sometimes they appear to be overwhelming. But then he says, “will these things defeat us? Absolutely not!.” He goes on in Romans 8:38-39 to say, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Our problem is not our problem. Our problem is our vision. God can correct our vision. He can change the way we look at our hardships, our challenges, our trials, our temptations and all our difficulties in life. 

In Mark chapter 10, a blind man comes to Jesus and says, “Lord, I want to see.” Maybe that should be our prayer today as well.

“Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11