Friday, April 11, 2014

See the Light!

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The king of Syria was furious when he found out what was happening. He called in his officers and asked, “Which one of you has been telling the king of Israel our plans?”

“None of us, Your Majesty,” one of them answered. “It's an Israelite named Elisha. He's a prophet, so he can tell his king everything—even what you say in your own room.”

“Find out where he is!” the king ordered. “I'll send soldiers to bring him here.”

They learned that Elisha was in the town of Dothan and reported it to the king. He ordered his best troops to go there with horses and chariots. They marched out during the night and surrounded the town.

When Elisha's servant got up the next morning, he saw that Syrian troops had the town surrounded. “Sir, what are we going to do?” he asked.

“Don't be afraid,” Elisha answered. “There are more troops on our side than on theirs.”   Then he prayed, “Lord, please help him to see.” And the Lord let the servant see that the hill was covered with fiery horses and flaming chariots all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:11-17

I have a photo map that shows the whole earth from space.  The pictures were taken at night and then put together to make one view of the earth.  You can see where there is darkness on earth and you can see the light!  Oh yes, there is light all over the earth. 

A few years ago I asked God to show me what He is doing in the world and within weeks I was on my way to Africa!  I had never been to Africa before, but at the invitation of an old friend I spent three weeks on the "Dark Continent" seeing the light that is shining there because of Jesus Christ!

When you ask God to show you what He is doing in the world prepare yourself for an amazing experience.  You will see God in places that you never even imagined He would be working.  Like the servant of Elisha you will see the hill "covered with fiery horses and flaming chariots!" 

Somehow many have come to believe that God's work in the world is only done with the help of human hands.  That is not true.  Certainly God uses His children to proclaim His message to the rest of the world but He also uses dreams, visions, calamities, suffering, trials and all sorts of disruptions of the status quo to bring people to the point of being ready to receive Jesus!  The bottom line is that God is at work in the world and sometimes we see clearly what He is doing.  When we do it may be that He is calling us to join in with what He is doing or He may simply be increasing our courage as He did with the servant of Elisha.

Ask God to show you what He is doing in the world around you and watch the dark map light up as you see how very much is going on according to His purpose!

"Jesus, I so often forget how Your Spirit is moving in this dark world.  Let me see again the light that is shining all around me today as You are convicting the hearts of men.  And may Honor and Glory be Yours forever and ever.  Amen."

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