We talk of seeing the big picture and that’s something Elisha’s servant had difficulty doing in 2 Kings 6 when the king of Syria sent an army to capture Elisha (verse 15).
All the servant saw was the problem, the earthly army surrounding the city, but Elisha saw more, he saw the big picture, God’s big picture. He saw God’s provision an even larger and more glorious army surrounding the lesser army that had come to take him captive (verses 16 & 17).
Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened ( verse 17) that he might see, and they were and then he saw God’s provision for the problem, the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire.
How often do we like Elisha’s servant run into a problem and feel “surrounded” by an army, the enemy and that’s all we see and like him feel ” Alas…what shall we do ? “. With every problem we face and for every army that surrounds us, there is a provision. It’s only a question of whether our eyes are open to see it.
When we can’t see the provision and all we feel is what Elisha’s servant felt ” Alas ….what shall we do ?”, we must ask God to open our eyes and help us see His provision and ask Him to help us benefit in every way we can from facing and negotiating the problem.
We need to ask God to help us see His “big picture”.