When We Think Man is Master

“Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, ‘At such and such a place shall be my camp.’ But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, ‘Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.’ And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

“And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, ‘Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?’ And one of his servants said, ‘None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.’ And he said, ‘Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him…’ He sent [to Dothan] horses and chariots and a great army by night and surrounded the city.

 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ 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.” 2 Kings 6:8-17

The Syrian king considered himself at the top of intelligence and influence, so any conundrum must be the work of man. Eyes swelled with pride shifted to glares of suspicion; surely one among his ranks was a traitor if he could not get his way. He did not even consider that One higher and greater was at work.

When we like the pomp of a high position, we think too highly of man. When we think too highly of man, we limit our scope of understanding by failing to consider the supernatural. If man is master of the universe, then we see all threats, challenges, and competition as on relatively equal ground, man vs. man. Our focus is on how we can win. We restrict (even subconsciously) our thinking and planning and reacting to a horizontal, human plain.

Yet Almighty God, who is sovereign over the affairs of man, is vertically, actively involved in our every day. Knowing Him, delighting in and trusting Him, adds a dimension to life that is rich with power, expectancy, and hope.

Am I so inundated with the world that my view is limited by its antics? Time in worship, considering and praising the lofty King of kings, is a worthy spirit reset. It refreshes our perspective, enhances our confidence, and ensures unshakable peace in the midst of strife.

Lord, lift my eyes above the fray to Your Spirit realm. Give me eyes to see Your workings in daily struggles, and to trust absolutely that You are greater than any power in this world. (1 John 4:4)

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