THE SPIRITUAL CONTROLS THE PHYSICAL
| Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
Joshua 6: 1, 2
Jericho was shut up against the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in, yet God said to Joshua, “See” I have given Jericho into your hand. What this statement implies is that Joshua should not see or give attention to how fortified Jericho was; how difficult it was to penetrate and conquer it.
God wanted Joshua to see what He has done and not how fortified Jericho was. As far as God was concerned, the wall of Jericho had collapsed, the king had been captured and the land had been conquered. God wanted Joshua to see from His (God’s) own perspective and vantage point, from the spiritual realm and not from the physical perspective. This is seeing the invisible. Friends, what do you see? Are you overcome by what your physical eyes see? Invisible tangibles are too real to be denied.
And he said, Go and spy where he is that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
2 Kings 6: 13-17
There is no story in the Bible that illustrates the truth of the reality of the invisible than this story of Elisha and his servant. “Alas”, the servant cried, we have been compassed about by Syrian army. Physically, in this scenario, there were Elisha, his servant and the army of Syria.
The servant of Elisha was limited by his physical sight. He could not see beyond the physical. There were invisible beings with them, but he did not have access to this revelation until Elisha asked the Lord to open his eyes.
Some years ago, before I became a Christian, my cousin who was living with us had an experience that made me know that there is more than meets the eyes in the affairs of men. One day, all of us were relaxing in the sitting room when suddenly she started screaming that some people were beating her. We looked around and saw nobody.
She was seriously screaming at the top of her voice, trying to stop the people from beating her. Obviously, she was seeing the people beating her but we could not see them. What convinced us she was not pulling a fast one on us was when before our very eyes, we saw her legs bending as a result of the beating. It was unfortunate at that time we could do nothing because we did not have understanding of spiritual things. Sadly, my cousin later died with bent legs. Invisible forces and beings influence and affect our lives and destinies.
Principle: Seeing the invisible is seeing from God’s perspective and vantage point.
Ruminate: The invisible tangibles are more real than its physical equivalents.