I purposely didn’t write anything this New Year. The internet world is already bursting to the seams with all the top tens, resolutions, countdowns, look backs and other related blog posts that I’m quite sure I didn’t need to add any more noise to the chaos. Or maybe that’s just my excuse for slacking but, well, here’s a post about facing the new year with a confidence that you’ve never known before.
While reading my email this afternoon, I came across a newsletter that mentioned the phrase “eyes of faith” and my mind immediately raced back to this old story found in the book of 2 Kings 6: 15- 17. It was about the time when Israel was about to be annihilated by its enemy. Elisha’s servant got up early that morning only to be struck with the horrifying sight of a huge army surrounding them. They were trapped in a circle. There was no way out. Death was inevitable.
Allow me to quote the Bible so you can capture the feel of this gripping drama:
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
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.
As we face the new year, some of us may be feeling trapped by the bad decisions we made in the past. Others think there’s no way out. Just when you think you have no other options, take time to pray and look again with fresh eyes of faith. Look beyond the veil of the flesh. See through the fog of your unbelief and see how God is doing a lot of the fighting for you.