Worship and the reality of unseen armies

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The most impressive aspects of reality are those that are unseen. If your view of reality is limited to what you can see, your worship will be ill-informed. As you read pubic opinion polls, as you see election results, as you experience the actions of congress and the courts, as you see sexual purity mocked, it is tempting to think you are in the minority. However, such thinking is unsound. As Elisha said over 2,500 years ago,

“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Elisha’s young servant was afraid. He was afraid because his understanding of reality was limited. Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant would be opened so that he could see.Yet, the young man’s eyes were open! But they were open only to the reality that can be seen. Elisha then prayed that his servant’s eyes would see reality as it is. Then the servant saw the chariots of fire.

Was the existence of the chariots of fire dependent upon the servant’s ability to see them? Of course not!

If you look out your window right now and look for chariots of fire will you see them? Probably not. Does this mean that they these chariots do not exist? Not at all. The power of God is not limited to what you can see. Faith is what expands your vision to see what is really real. There is great comfort in the unseen reality.

The unseen armies of God provide hope that we can speak of the gospel with power. We have no need to panic or despair because of a judicial ruling. If we are to be salt and light we must first be confident of the reality that we cannot see. It is foolish to live only for what we can see. Tell your children about the chariots of fire. Tell them that those who are with us are more than those who are with them!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.