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TO CHEW ON: “Open my eyes that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.”
What a great prayer to pray regularly when we begin our times with the Lord!
It brings to mind incidents when Bible characters had their physical eyes opened to spiritual realities:
- Balaam, on his way to “curse” Israel for Balak had his eyes opened to the angel that was blocking his donkey’s path - Numbers 22:31.
- Elisha’s servant had his eyes opened to the surrounding “horses and chariots of fire”—the Lord’s army—after Elisha prayed - 2 Kings 6:17.
It brings to mind the question, why are some eyes spiritually closed, some open?
- Disobedience is one reason for spiritual blindness:
For the Lord has poured out on you
The spirit of deep sleep,
And has closed your eyes” - Isaiah 29:10.
- So is failure to acknowledge God’s existence and glorify and thank Him: “ For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” Romans 1:20,21.
- But “'Blessed are the pure in heart, / For they shall see God’” - Matthew 5:8.
The beautiful thing is, spiritual sight is available and possible.
- It came to the man born blind whose eyes Jesus healed with mud and Siloam water, so he could exclaim: “‘One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see’” - John 9:25. Jesus later made sure that He also addressed the man's spiritual sight issue - John 9:35-38.
- And it came to Saul/Paul on the Damascus Road. I love the parallel of physical and spiritual sight in his story. For it was after Ananias prayed for him that “scales” fell from his light-blinded eyes so that he regained his physical sight (Acts 9:17,18), while at the same time embarking on a new life path that God showed him - Acts 9:16.
Let’s make the psalmist’s prayer our own as we seek spiritual sight and insight for our lives from the Bible.
PRAYER: Dear Father, “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” Amen.
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