“The Eyes of Faith” 2 Kings 6:8-17
Chipper the parakeet... never saw it coming. One moment he was as happy as a lark and before he knew it... he had been Sucked Up, Washed Out and Blown Dry. And he never saw it coming!
Chipper was a happy little bird, content every day to sit on his perch, swinging and singing to his little heart’s content.
One day Chipper’s owner took the initiative to clean out his cage. She took off the attachment from the end of the vacuum hose and stuck it in the cage to remove the sediment from the bottom. Just then the phone rang. She turned to pick it up and had barely said hello when "ssopp!" Chipper got sucked in!
As you can imagine, the bird owner gasped, dropped the phone, turned off the vacuum and ripped open the bag. Inside, there lay Chipper, still alive but stunned by the trauma. The bird was covered with all the terrible grit and grime that fills vacuum bags, so the owner did the only thing she could think to do. She grabbed him up, raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chipper under running water. Then realizing poor little Chipper was soaked and shivering, she did what any good bird owner would do, she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the little guy with hot air. Poor Chipper never knew what hit him.
A couple of days after the experience the reporter who first wrote about the event talked to Chipper’s owner. He asked how the bird was doing. She said, "Well Chipper doesn’t sing much anymore-he just sits and stares." It’s no wonder. One minute the little guy was swinging and singing, and before he knew it, he was sucked in, washed up and blown over. If that doesn’t turn your song into a blank stare, nothing will.*
How often in life do we find ourselves at the mercy of circumstances
beyond our control. Blind-sided without warning.
The Doctor discovers a lump in your breast.
The company has decided to downsize, and yours is a position no longer needed.
The car blows up and there’s no money for its replacement.
You no longer have a job… because some virus has come along and turn your life upside down.
They come upon us unexpected and without warning & leave
you to drown in your own despair and to wonder.
Where do you turn when all of life seems to be falling apart? For all of us have asked the question:
Where Is God When It Hurts?
One of The Greatest Truths of the Bible Is That
"God Meets Us in Our Need."
From Genesis to Revelation we find that the Bible is filled with story after story of God meeting the needs of His people. Though the stories vary...their conditions don’t.
They are a people who find themselves...Trapped, Estranged, Rejected, with No Where Else to Turn and what we find is that the heart and hand of God is continually on the lives of His people, for a "A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench" Isaiah 42:3.
They Tell Us Not What God did but What He Does.
Scripture Exposition: 2 Kings 6:8-17
Elisha's Servant was fearful... Elisha's prayer was that his servant's eyes might be opened... that he might be able to see through the "Eyes of Faith."
Through the eyes of Faith, he saw Chariots of Fire that represented the
PRESENCE, POWER & PROTECTION of GOD.
His PRESENCE: As Matthew closed his gospel, he recorded the last words of Jesus… “And Lo, I am with you always…” Matt. 28:19-20, not just in the good time or bad but always.
"He created me in His divine image…" Genesis 1:26-27. In other words, the presence of God dwells within my life.
John 1:1/14 Word became flesh, and dwelt among men and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth...
John 15:5,7 I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If ye abide in me, and my word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
1 John 4:4 Greater is he that is in you that he that is in the world... indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit
His Power: Represented by the Chariots of Fire... If in face we have available to us the divine power of all creation... why is it that we live our live anemic and weak because? Could it be because we refuse to walk in faith?
Acts. 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
His PROTECTION: The Lord is my shepherd I shall Not want… His rod and staff they comfort me. Psalm 23.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Cor. 4:18 Paul wrote: We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.
Ps. 121:1David: I will life my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.
To see with the eyes of faith... one must
Ignore the ones who say it’s too late to start over.
Disregard those who say you’ll never amount to much.
Turn a deaf ear to those who say that you aren’t smart enough, fast enough, tall enough, big enough.
Faith often begins by stuffing your ears with cotton and
seeing with the eyes of your heart.
I reminded of a story of hear of a family in the Bahamas whose 2-story house caught fire. All escaped except a 5 yr. old who stood calling out to his father from a 2-story window. The father cried out for his son to “jump!” “But daddy, I can’t see you...” “that’s all right son, I can see you!”
All of us have a choice in the way that we live our lives. We can choose to walk sight or we can walk by faith.
How much better life would be if we looked through the eyes of faith
· Not for what a person is but for what they can be.
· Not at their limitations but at their possibilities.
· Not at their weakness but at their strengths.
Beloved, God wants only the best for you.... look around and you will see that
the hills are filled with His Chariots of Fire.
The Next Time You Wonder Where Is God When It Hurts…
· Read the story of Lazarus. John 11
· You wonder how God fills about those you are sick and ill stand by the pool of Bethesda. John 5
· You long for God to speak, walk the Emmaus Road. Luke 24
· You are overcome with the shame of sin... watch him write in the sand. John 8
Lift Your Eyes Unto Hills… For Their You Will See That They Are
Filled with Horses and Chariots of Fire…
* (Source: from Max Lucado, In The Eye Of The Storm, p. 11)