Meridian Star

November 30, 2013

From the Shepherd’s Heart

By Dr. John A. Temple / guest columnist
Special to The Star

MERIDIAN —     “Do not fear for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” “And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray open his eyes that he may see." —

2 Kings 6:16, 17

A prayer that needs to be repeated today is for God to open our eyes that we may see! Every week, I receive emails that fearfully depict some social or political situation that causes fear and panic in our hearts. Usually, the description of the situation is one of some uncontrolled threat that needs our immediate action or face disaster and defeat.

    In the context of the scripture, Israel was under constant threat of Syria. Elisha had been able to advise the King so he could outwit the enemy. Now the enemy sought to deal with Elisha. With the dawn of a new day, Elisha and his servant awaken to a mighty force surrounding their city. From a secular viewpoint, all seems lost.

    But, Elisha has an uncommon confidence. He sees no reason to fear. As a matter of fact, Elisha believes that he is still in the majority. The reason is because of what he can see spiritually. Elisha will pray for the eyes of his fearful servant to be opened. When they are, he sees, not the enemy on the hills, but the angelic forces of God all around the city.

    Throughout the Bible are people with new confidence because they look at circumstances spiritually:

    Joseph sold into slavery sees God’s hand in the future.

    Simeon in the temple believes he will see the Savior before he dies.

    Two on the road to Emmaus finally see a resurrected Savior walking with them.

    Stephen, being stoned to death, sees Jesus standing at the throne of God.

    John, on the isle of Patmos, sees the Lord over all the future of mankind.

    Why not ask God to help open your eyes today that you might have spiritual insight into your life situation? What seems to be a threatening day really might be seen as a victorious day if you can see God at work.

    By the way, if you read 2 Kings 6, you will find the enemy was eliminated in a most remarkable way. They also never came back! May you sense that you are not alone, too. God and his angels are there. If we look with spiritual eyes, we will see that our back is already covered.

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at