Day Seven: Praise Challenge


Your chariot awaits…

In 2 Kings, a man named Elisha was surrounded by the armies of his enemy.  His servant opened the door and panicked.  I’m sure that would have been our response, too.  In all actuality, it probably is our response as we face our trials and sufferings.  Each time we meet with adversity, we are tempted to respond with fear, anxiety, and despair.

Elisha, however, was unmoved.  His response was prayer.  He prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant to see the whole picture.  When God answered, what the servant saw changed everything.  He understood then why Elisha was not in a state of panic, because the armies and chariots of Heaven were surrounding the armies of the enemy which had surrounded the servant and his master.

“Once our eyes are opened by God, we, too, will see all the events of our lives, whether great or small, joyful or sad, as a ‘chariot’ for our souls.  Everything that comes to us becomes a chariot the moment we treat it as such.”

“On the other hand, even the smallest trial may become an object crushing everything in its path into misery and despair if we allow it.  The difference then becomes a choice we make.  It all depends not on the events themselves, but on how we view them.”

“If we simply lie down, allowing them to roll over and crush us, they become an uncontrollable car of destruction.  Yet if we climb into them, as riding in a car of victory, they become the chariots of God to triumphantly take us onward and upward.”  Hannah Whitall Smith

May your eyes be opened today to see the vast armies of Heaven surrounding you, ready to carry you upward, into the very arms of God.  And may God’s grace empower you in the choice to climb into the chariot of your appointed difficulties, trusting that Heaven has intentions for them which will prosper, not harm you.

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