The Chariots and Horsemen of Israel

The Chariots and Horsemen of Israel

The LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

—2 KINGS 6:17

“In today’s Scripture passage, the prophet Elisha has just been doing his prophetic thing—passing on insights from God for the good of his nation—and it has him caught up in the crosscurrents of a military conflict. An enemy army has surrounded the city where Elisha is staying, solely to take the prophet out. Permanently. Here’s the thing. Elisha is so full of faith that he has the ability to see God’s angelic army. Earlier in his ministry Elisha had exclaimed, “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” when he had seen Elijah taken up to heaven (2 Kings 2:11–12). And now, years later, Elisha is seeing the heavenly chariots and horsemen again. The angels are lined up to fight on Israel’s side. But Elisha’s servant doesn’t have the same kind of faith and can’t see the spectacular scene.

So Elisha prays, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see” (2 Kings 6:17).

And there before the servant’s eyes, they appear: rank upon rank of the angelic host, shining with heaven’s own light. They are there to protect Elisha, the man of God. That’s what faith does. Faith opens our eyes so that we might see the God who is already at work on our behalf. Faith opens our eyes to the fact that there is a God who is fighting for us, a God who is faithful to us, a God who will make a way for us. One of the people who has written in to our website ( is a woman named Kimberly. She had an incredible story to share.

“Faith opens our eyes so that we might see the God who is already at work on our behalf. #sunstandstill”

Things had been going very badly for Kimberly. Her father died of a drug overdose. Her fiancé overdosed on pain medication, though he survived. Kimberly had a car accident because she was using drugs, and this led to her children being taken away from her. She lost her home and at one point found herself sleeping in some bushes. At this point God seemed as far away from her as He possibly could be. Faith didn’t open her eyes so much as it opened her ears. One morning she woke up with the definite impression that someone was talking to her. “What is keeping you from Me?” a voice asked. Kimberly looked around. No one was there. What is keeping you from Me? That was the beginning of Kimberly’s road to God. Since that date she’s never used again. She’s in drug recovery, is married, and has her children back. She wrote to say that she has a Page 23 vision and is pursuing it. How awesome is the God we serve!” she wrote to me. Sometimes we hear about blind faith. But the truth is, audacious faith is anything but blind.

PRAYER FOCUS: Ask God to open your eyes to what He’s already doing in your life as you exercise your faith.

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Sun Stand Still Devotional

Steven Furtick