Open Your Eyes

Sight is marvelous and precious thing!  Our marvelous sight mechanism, the human eye, is made up of over 100 million cells. Some are so specialized; the red, blue, green “sensors” work together in perfect combinations so we see “in living color”.  Those “baby blues” of yours are attached to an optic nerve with millions of channels sending light energy to the brain producing sight. Magnificent!

My mother was one of 10 children, 7 of whom were blind. You can just imagine why our family is so aware of taking care of our eyes. I was bombarded with warnings about:  “Don’t do that, it’ll put an eye out”. My mother panicked when I first wore contact lenses being afraid “those things” would damage my eyes.  None of us really realize how tough it is to function without eyesight.  Just put on a blindfold for a few hours and go about all your daily activities! It’s tough!

But it is far worse to be Spiritually Blind!

There are constant comparisons in the Bible between physical and spiritual blindness. Often there are such phrases as: “their eyes they have closed”; “Open your Eyes”; “their eyes are dimmed”; or “Lift up you eyes” 

People are constantly reminded to look; observe; contemplate; and “see” all that God has done. Almost as far back as the beginning of time people are given those admonitions. “Do not forget what your eyes have seen” (Deut.4:9)

David’s made his plea to God:  “Open my eyes that I may see the wonderful things of your law” (Psalm 119:18) In NEARLY EVERY BOOK of the Bible we are encouraged to SEE what GOD wants, to focus on His will for us.

            Like Paul told one group of Christians: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Eph. 1:18)

My prayer today for you and me is the same.

I pray for open eyes and enlightened hearts.

What about you?  Are your eyes wide open to the things of God?

I am very aware that most who read this column are interested in the things of God. Maybe some just read these articles out of curiosity…..some probably read and try to discredit truths found in them…..but for the most part you are honest, sincere people who want to be right with God. I know that’s true of you ladies at the beauty shop who read and discuss these articles. And the folks at the senior center, who tell me how much they mean to you, want to do God’s will and not just defend some timeworn position.

It is to religious people that Jesus writes these words:  “This people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.  (Matt. 13:15-16)

Eyes that see…… but don’t see?  That’s spiritual blindness!

It is from such passages someone developed the old saying:  “There are none so blind as those who will not see”. Well, I just don’t SEE it!   Exactly! We need to open our eyes to behold, perceive, and observe.

Is it possible that we are reading our Bibles with our eyes closed?

Go get your Bible…… and open it up to any passage.

Close your eyes.

Now read!

I know…I know… it’s physically impossible!  But spiritually it is totally possible.  Just reading the words and either not accepting their meaning or ignoring their teaching is spiritual blindness.  One of my friends is fond of telling the story of a fellow reading I Peter 3:21 with the comment “Well, that’s not supposed to say that.” Reading scripture with that attitude is being “blinded” to the truth.

Do you read the scripture to try and prove what you are determined to believe?

That causes spiritual blindness, myopia, detached retina, macular degeneration, cataracts….blinded by what I hope it says, what I want it to say, or what my preacher said it said! (Boy, that’s a lousy sentence.  My English teacher would have a fit! But you get the point!)

When reading scripture, one must be “eyes wide open” to the directions of God, seeking to find what God says and not trying to make the Bible say what one wants it to say.

Do me a favor and read the following scriptures and then tell me what GOD says in them: Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23; John 3:15,16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:1-47; Acts 20:7.  OK, so….tell me…you did read them didn’t you….what do you SEE?  Do you see yourself? Do you see things you need to do?

No, No, No…this is not about what you think and what I think, it’s about open eyes to what God said!

This is not a debate! It’s about seeing things GOD’S way.

            Can we just OPEN OUR EYES to the truth of His word and conform to His will for our life?

Please, don’t let anyone “put your eyes out”.    By: Jim Kelly, His Servant.


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