One day you wake up and realise that life is short. You start to process the future differently. Too much time has been wasted. You must refocus and have a new vision for the future. But old habits die hard. Going in a new direction is hard work. What must a Christian do? Goals? A ‘to-do’ list? All good, but what I am suggesting instead is a ‘Reality-Reset.’ Our lives are consumed with the seen. We keep our heads down while we go about our business and God is brought along only as providential back-up. Sadly, its only in trouble-spots that we seriously consult God directly. Otherwise, it is general prayers for help and guidance.
In 2 Kings 6 the servant of the Prophet Elisha woke up one morning to find himself and his master literally surrounded by Aramean horses and chariots. Elisha was being hunted down by the king of Aram for telling the king of Israel his battle plans before they even happened. He calculated that to eliminate Elisha was to remove the problem. Elisha was about to teach all parties concerned that man’s definition of vision is not God’s. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Normally, a quick look out the window would prove otherwise. However, Elisha was not talking about the reality of the seen, but the reality of the unseen. ‘And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so 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’ (2Kg.6:17). The vision must have amazed the servant. But Elisha wasn’t finished. God blinded the army according to Elisha’s prayer, Elisha lead the army to the king of Israel, told him to feed them rather than kill them, and sent them on their way to raid Israel no more. The reason I am sounding so matter of fact, is because that is exactly the way we must view God’s involvement in the affairs of everyday life. He is everywhere, all the time, doing according to His sovereign will. You must lift up your head and see this reality though the eyes of faith. We indeed walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor.5:7). Spiritual 20-20 vision is found through the lens of faith. We all need the servant’s Reality-Reset!