“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things...”
~ Psalm 119:18a (ESV)
A common metaphor is: “The eyes are the windows to the soul”. Many people believe it is an expression that means when you look into the eyes of a person it can give you a glance into their soul. In other words the eyes are a glimpse of whether they are happy, sad, loving, etc.
A person's vision is very important because it allows them to connect with their surroundings. In our world that we live in, our eyes see a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. We are able to notice if something shines or sparkles. For example, gems when in the sunlight often reflect colorful rays.
Having spiritual vision is another subject. Spiritual vision is a person's capability to discernibly see the brilliant promises and wondrous things in the Word of God, and also see the world from God's viewpoint. A person cannot have clear spiritual vision without God's help.
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus spoke about spiritual eyes, He stated: “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.”
God's people do not let the world cloud their vision. When a person looks away from God, they lose their sight, and everything becomes foggy. George Mueller stated: “Faith is the eye by which we look to Jesus. A dim-sighted eye is still an eye; a weeping eye is still an eye. Faith is vision plus valor.”
Ask God to focus your vision so you will not stumble. Continue to stay alert, with your spiritual eyes wide open. In other words, do not shuffle along with your eyes constantly to the ground while being absorbed with the current challenge that is right in front of you. Look up to Jesus! It is then you are filled with His light and you will sparkle, shine, and reflect His colorful rays into the dark world.
Roy Lessin stated: “When the eyes of our faith are upon the Lord we can trust in Him to bring the light we need to take the next step, to give the wisdom we need to make the right decision, to give the strength we need to continue on in our service, to give the courage we need to stand against the enemy, and to bring the victory we need to overcome the world.”
Lord, we pray that the eyes of our heart will be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which You have called us. Amen.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Devotion shared by Ann Brock.
A common metaphor is: “The eyes are the windows to the soul”.