Reward of Faith, The

Category: Reflections

By Misty Kay

“Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” Elisha’s servant asked.

The king of Aram (present-day Syria) was at war with ancient Israel and had sent an entire army to the city of Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha. They came by night, so that when Elisha’s servant woke and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 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 (The Bible, 2 Kings 6:8-17. Read the rest of the chapter to learn the amazing outcome!).

In this story, the angelic army was already there, but the servant was afraid because he hadn’t seen them. Why must we always see with our own eyes in order to believe? Is it not enough to believe because God has said so? “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” [1]

Seeing is the reward of believing, not the other way around.

Why does it have to be this way? Why does God make it so hard for us? Why do we have to take everything by faith? The answer lies in that last little word—”faith.” It wouldn’t be faith if we could see. Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen Me you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” [2]

This principle of faith is something on which God places a great deal of importance. It’s also something that He gives us credit for [3] because it is a sign of our love and trust in Him, that we believe Him and His spiritual power and the principles He lays out for us in His Word.

We walk the hot, hard, dusty roads of life battle weary and scarred, but we arrive in Heaven triumphant. The angels blow their trumpets to herald our victory. We held on when it seemed the whole world was against us. We didn’t sink when the storms of life rocked our ships. Satan attacked us on every side. He threw his worst at us, but we survived. We held on. We did our best. We believed! We won the war of faith. Henceforth is laid up for us a crown of righteousness. [4]

Several years ago when I was very ill, recovering from a bout with cancer, Jesus told me that He had given me an “angel of comfort” to be with me during those difficult times. I never saw her face, but through many long days and lonely nights, when the pain was at its worst, I could feel her presence, like a tender mother’s—as though my head lay in her lap while she held me close and stroked my head. It was such a blessed feeling of peace, like a soft, warm aura that enveloped me. In spite of the pain, I found my heart filled with wonder and thankfulness for that special touch from Heaven.

I am now certain of one thing: Angels are not far from us, floating around on clouds in Heaven. They are here, all around us, standing ready night and day to serve, aid, comfort, and protect us. I may not be able to see them, but I know they are near.

When I receive my heavenly crown someday, I will know that I didn’t earn it by myself; I was aided in my fight of faith by a “great cloud of witnesses,” [5] the invisible armies of Heaven. On that glorious day I will want to meet my angel of comfort and the other dear ones who walked with me and lifted me up when I was weary. On that day, I will thank them face to face.

1. Psalm 91:11
2. John 20:29
3. Hebrews 11:6
4. 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7-8
5. Hebrews 12:1