Open Your Eyes
And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” 2 Kings 6:17
2 Kings 6 records one of my favorite Old Testament events. The king of Aram wanted to conquer Israel, but every time he set up an ambush, the king of Israel eluded him with the uncanny finesse of Road Runner. Of course, the Aramean king reacted with the fury of Wile E. Coyote. He even accused his officers of treason.
Actually, God was revealing the king’s plans to Elisha (v. 12). Once the king realized that something supernatural was occurring, he should have packed his armor and gone home. But he was stubborn and angry, so he sent his army to surround Dothan, where Elisha was staying.
In Dothan, Elisha’s servant woke up and saw hundred of Aramean soldiers outside the city walls. Terrified, he cried, “What shall we do?” (v. 15).
Elisha, on the other hand, was perfectly calm. He asked God to open the servant’s eyes. And immediately the servant saw “the hills full of horses ad chariots of fire all around Elisha” (v. 17). His terror turned to joy.
How glorious it would be to physically see the angels God sends to protect me and my family! I know they are there. Psalm 91:11 and Hebrews 1:14 both remind me that God’s angels watch over His people.
Many times, however, my eyes are so focused on the problems right outside my “city walls” that I don’t remember God’s troops stand battle-ready to defend me.
Jeremiah wrote, “O great and powerful God, whose name is LORD Almighty . . . your eyes are open to all the ways of men” (32:19). He is reminding us that our Commander-in-chief is always watching over us—protecting, nurturing, and sometimes disciplining.
Each day, as enemies surround us, may our prayer be: Open my eyes so I can see the LORD Almighty protecting me.
Read 2 Kings 6:8-23. What occurs after Elisha’s servant sees the angelic armies? Why does Elisha pray “open the eyes of these men so they can see”?
The Hebrew word translated “open” is paqach, which means, “to observe diligently, to care for, to be vigilant.” Why do you think David uses that word in Psalm 119:18?
Paqach is also used in Genesis 3:5-7. Why are “opened” eyes both a privilege and a responsibility?
To read the lyrics of Clara H. Scott’s “Open My Eyes That I May See,” go to https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/807
Denise K. Loock