These chapters begin to establish Elisha as the LORD’s successor of Elijah. He uses his power to help a widow, he frustrates kings, he heals, and the LORD protects him.
A distinction found in people who truly know the LORD is this trait in Elisha: confidence. He fears no one. Nothing. He sees beyond the circumstance and sees the power of God.
“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.” (6:17)
In this season of government appointments and endless Italian bureaucracy, I can often walk away from a failed appointment in tears. Mercifully, the LORD is wrapping me up in promises and the loving support of friends and family who keep cheering me on when it gets infuriating. They remind me of His faithfulness this far. Something I always try to remind others.
Patience, rest, peace.
These are things God is constantly calling me to, and I see them so powerfully at work in Elisha.
Anxiety and hopelessness has no place in my life. In any of our lives. Let’s bring them to the LORD today and ask for His eyes to see.