I am one third of my way toward my goal for my two upcoming trips. You have contributed $2,000 of the $6,000 I need to travel to Kenya and Guyana and I will buy my ticket for Guyana later today. Yet my need for Kenya remains to be met. I am thanking God in advance for His provision and ask you to pray about the role He would want you to play. You can make a contribution using PayPal via my website or by sending a check to the address below. And now, here is part three of our series on What You See Is What You Get.
It seems that Israel has always been surrounded by enemies. In 2 Kings 6, we read the story of how the Arameans plotted against Israel only to have Elisha the prophet regularly reveal their secret plans to the king of Israel. We are told that "this enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, 'Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?'” (2 Kings 6:11). The king assumed there was a spy in his midst, but he was told that God was the spy, who listened to their plans and shared them with Israel.
This infuriated the king, so he sent troops to apprehend Elisha. One day when Elisha's servant went outside the home where they stayed, we read this report: "When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 'Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?' the servant asked." (6:15). Maybe this is your situation. You looked out today on your circumstances and you saw that you were surrounded by debt, doubt or distress and you panicked, just like the servant.
What did Elisha do? Did he pray that for God to strike them with lightning or for a foreign army to come defeat them? No, Elisha comforted his servant and prayed: “'Don’t be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 'And Elisha prayed, 'Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (6:16-17).
You may be praying for money, deliverance or freedom, but your greatest need may be just like the servant: to have your eyes opened to what you are already have! The servant's circumstances did not change, but his perspective of them sure did and that was God's answer. When you change the way you look at your situation, your situation changes. When you see the unseen, it enables you to receive and enjoy it before it ever becomes a tangible reality for you to see.
Perhaps you need to pray what Elisha prayed, saying: "Lord, open my eyes to see reality from Your perspective." Then accept what you see as God answers your prayer and be set free from the tyranny of your limited scope of reality. When God shows you His power, love and mercy that surrounds you in the midst of your struggles, you can shout, "Hallelujah" and choose to focus on that instead of your problem. When you do that, you are sure to receive what you have seen in a very short while. Thank you and have a blessed week.
I NEED YOUR HELP: As mentioned I above, I need your help to support me in the work and travels that I do. You can give to me personally through PayPal and you can help the orphans and widows at a different link using PayPal as well. Or you can send a check for either cause to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. You can read the latest update from my work in Kenya here.
NEW RADIO SHOW: I started a new AM radio show on January 3 in Westmoreland County, outside Pittsburgh called Leadership Talk Westmoreland County. All the shows are now archived on the station's site, so you can listen live at 10:30AM on Saturday mornings on 1480 WCNS or you can listen to any of the first three shows on the station's website.
ANOTHER RADIO SHOW: I have done a radio show called Wake Up To Purpose every Saturday morning since September 2012 on WPIT 730AM here in Pittsburgh. You can listen to every one of those shows on my own website archives.