Thursday, September 15, 2016

Trusting the Unseen - Martin Wiles

Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:17 NLT

Financial crunches can sometimes reveal the unseen.

Ours was a financial crunch such as we hadn’t seen lately. The payment on our low mileage used car was draining our bank account. We had a decision to make. As much as we hated to part with it, it would have to go back. In its place, we purchased an older vehicle of the same model with more miles. The seller advertised it as having 100K and told us before we gave it a test drive that the odometer only worked periodically. 

As we drove down the road, we discovered he was right—at least in one respect. The odometer wasn’t showing the mileage. But then suddenly the mileage appeared. Though the owner had been truthful about the odometer, he hadn’t been about the mileage. One hundred thousand was actually 205,000. Now we had another decision to make. 

Three years later, we haven’t regretted our decision to purchase it. We’ve had no trouble, even though we rarely see the odometer. Occasionally, it will make an appearance. Long enough for us to know it’s working and to make a mental note of the mileage so we can tell the service attendant the next time we have the oil changed. We trust the unseen. 

The prophet Elisha was being hounded by a foreign king who was after his life. When his servant saw the army surrounding them, he cried out in fear: “What will we do now?” Elisha prayed that God would help him see the unseen—and He did. The hillside around them ignited with horses and chariots of fire. Elisha trusted the unseen. 

The times I’ve actually seen God’s hand at work in vivid color are somewhat like the odometer on my car—rarely seen. But they come around regularly enough to let me know He’s continually working behind the scenes. My life is in His hands, and He is constantly working to form me into His Son’s image, to protect me from unforeseen danger, and to supply my every need—even if it’s an older model car with high mileage. Through explicit and unexplainable occurrences—as well as through the kindness of others, He leads me to trust His unseen hand. 

God’s hand is not always observed, but He lovingly controls the world and faithfully works to provide for the needs of His children. 

Are you trusting in the unseen? 

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we can know You are working behind the scenes even when we can’t see You hand. 

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