18Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law. Psalm 119:19
Sometimes we can’t seem to follow God’s Word because we are literally just walking around in darkness – our eyes must be opened. Have you ever been in a situation where while you were in it, you couldn’t see clearly? It could have been a relationship that you were in that you couldn’t see the bad stuff while you were in it. You were literally functioning but blind. Other people might have told you things that you just couldn’t see – it wasn’t until you stepped away from it or got out of it that you were able to see. We want God to open our eyes – if there are areas that are blinding us from seeing, if there are people blinding us from seeing, even if we are just burying our head in the sand and refusing to see – we want our eyes opened so that we can behold the wondrous things that His Word has for us. The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables after he had just gotten through telling the parable of the sower : Matthew 13:10-17
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘ Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should[a]heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
It is the job of the Holy Spirit within us that opens our eyes enabling us to see the sin in our lives, enabling us to be receptive to the Word of God and sensitive to God’s voice. In order to have a heart that is fertile, a life that bears fruit we have to have eyes that are open, ears that are listening, and lives that reflect the Savior that dwells within us!
Don’t fumble in the dark, open your eyes – God has something for you to do!
c/2008 Candie A. Price