Day 2 – Giving God our Eyes
The Bible talks about eyes of malice and haughty eyes. The eyes of anger and eyes of love. The eye of sorrow and the eye of desire.
We often express what’s going on inside us through our eyes. When someone is speaking to you, listen to what they are saying with their eyes.
We give God our eyes.
Our eyes can be a channel of temptation, and we guard our eyes against ungodly things. Jesus said, “If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out” (Mark 9:47). He didn’t mean this literally. Rather he was saying, “Take the most drastic action necessary to keep your inner life pure.”
Our spiritual eyes can be opened to see spiritual truth as we read God’s Word. We pray, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18).
The unbelieving may appreciate the Bible for its literary beauty and its moral teachings. But they may struggle to grasp its meaning. They may be puzzled by it. They may not understand why Christians love the Bible or how we derive so much from its pages.
Our spiritual eyes can help us see things from God’s perspective. For example, we tend to look at the external; God looks at the internal. “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
We tend to look at the temporal; God looks at the eternal. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
A woman said to an artist, “Why do you put such extravagant colors into your pictures? I’ve never see anything like them in nature.” The painter responded, “Don’t you wish you did?”
Our spiritual eyes can see God more clearly. “I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven” (Psalm 123:1).
Blind and deaf from the age of two, Helen Keller was asked by a young boy, “Isn’t it the worst thing in the world to be blind?” Smiling, she replied, “Not half so bad as to have two good eyes and see nothing.”
Prayer: “Lord, I give you my eyes that I may guard my heart purely, receive your truth gladly, perceive your ways wisely, and see you more clearly.”
~ Pastor Dave