Closer Than We Think

by Greg Laurie on Jan 18, 2016
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.

We often imagine Heaven as a faraway place. We automatically think it is beyond our solar system. But the Bible doesn’t say that Heaven is far away. Maybe Heaven is closer than we think. Heaven is another realm. Right now as we live in this physical realm, there is also a supernatural realm.

In 2 Kings 7 we find a classic example of how God can work both naturally and supernaturally at the same time. Supernaturally God cleared out Israel’s enemies, the Syrians, by allowing them to hear the noise of an approaching army, complete with chariots and galloping horses. This wasn’t an illusion or sleight of hand. This was a glimpse behind the veil into the supernatural realm.

Then, in the previous chapter, there is the story of Elisha and his servant. The king of Syria sent an army to apprehend the prophet, and when the servant woke up the next morning, he saw the army outside. Panicking, he said to Elisha, "Oh, sir, what will we do now?" (2 Kings 6:15). Elisha told him, "Don’t be afraid! . . . For there are more on our side than on theirs!" (verse 16). Then Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes.

Verse 17 says, "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." He saw into the supernatural realm.

The Bible tells us that we are surrounded by angels. Psalm 34:7 says, "For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him." And Hebrews 1:14 says, "Angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation."

Remember, whatever your problems are, God has His angels to back you up.


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