THOUGHTS ON THE LORD’S DAY
”Seeing what others cannot see requires hearing what others cannot hear, the key to victory.”
“And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes, so 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.”
2 Kings 6:17
A 1989 film depicts an Iowa corn farmer hearing voices. He interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields. He does and members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox appear out of the corn fields to play on his baseball diamond.
He didn’t know why; he just knew he had to do it because he heard a voice commanding him. To the frustration of his neighbors, he built the baseball diamond. One night some players showed up. The man realized these were no ordinary players, but were actually the great players from the past.
When his skeptical neighbors came to view this phenomenon, they were unable to see what the farm owner could see. This made it even worse for him. Not only did they not hear the voice, they didn’t see the players, and he had to endure their mocking and ridicule.
This fictitious story has a spiritual application for us today:
First, when God tells us to do something, regardless of how ridiculous it may look, ”just do it” as the Nike slogan says. It’s not up to us to determine the reason, just doing it must be our response. When we are obedient to that ”still small voice” God will allow us to see what others cannot see, do what others cannot do, because we hear a voice others cannot not hear.
This is the path to spiritual maturity for those willing to risk it all for God’s purposes. When we do, God increases our spiritual senses to levels we never knew before. If you want to do what others cannot do, you must hear a voice others cannot hear. Only then will you see what others strain to see, but cannot.
What has God told you to do? What dream has he put in your heart? To see it come to pass requires a level of obedience and sensitivity that goes beyond human reasoning. It requires a risk that few are willing to take and ridicule few are willing to tolerate.
But, if you remain faithful you will see what others cannot see and do what others only dream of doing. When the wind, an earthquake and fire could not bring Elijah to the mouth of the cave, God spoke in a still small voice and he responded.
He is still speaking today if we will hear with our heart and not just our head. If we are moved only by powerful demonstrations and not by God’s whisper, we may never see the manifestation of our faith.