Monday, October 31, 2011

Eyes That Can See

“We see things not as they are but as we are.” (Anais Nin)

When surrounded by King Aram’s mighty army, Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his fearful servant. And “the LORD opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17) God’s army was there all along, but the servant’s eyes were opened so he could see what had been invisible to him and take courage. He then believed what Elisha had said, that “there are more on our side than on theirs.” (v. 16)

When Hagar was forced to take Ishmael into the wilderness, they wandered aimlessly until their water supply was depleted. Hagar was convinced that they would die, but the angel of God spoke to her by name, and promised her that her son’s descendents would become a great nation. “Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well. She immediately filled her container and gave the boy a drink.” (Genesis 21:19)

Our God is a personal God, who is our protector and provider. Everything works according to His perfect plan, and we have the promise of ultimate victory!

Part of our home school curriculum this year is called Starting Points, and we have been blessed over the last nine weeks to learn about and develop a Biblical worldview. One of the foundations of this worldview is that we live in a world that has both visible and invisible components. There is so much more to life than what we see with our physical eyes!

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

The author of the book of Hebrews wrote:“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

One of our heroes in this inspiring faith chapter is Moses, who “chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:25-27)

All of the heroes of the faith encourage us to focus our lives and endure hardships, by keeping our eyes on Jesus. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

And when Jesus returns, He will take us to the home He has prepared for us in heaven, where we will join with all the saints in giving Him praise, honor, and glory, and we will share in His joy forever!

Lord, open our eyes to see all that You want us to see right now, as we look forward to that day when we will see Your face (Revelation 22:4), and be made like You when we see You as You really are (1 John 3:2).

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

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