Blinded Eyes And Hearts
Read Ephesians Chapter 1
Eph 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
There is a worship song which goes, “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my heart. I want to see You.” I suppose that I never had thought deeply about those words until I recently read this verse again. Paul wrote that he was praying that the ‘eyes of the hearts’ of the Ephesians would be opened. His prayer was that they would know the hope to which Jesus had called them. What does that mean? Here are my ideas.
SSA men and women have great difficulty in truly believing that they are really valuable in God’s eyes and heart. Early in life many of us have not been made to feel worthy of love, and have not been made to feel that we have any value. Consequently, it has been difficult to accept that God sees the potential value in us and has welcomed us into His kingdom. Very few SSA men and women have a real grasp on the hope to which He has called us, or even that He has called us at all. Our insecurities often prevent us from having the eyes of our heart opened to what is in store for us as children of God.
Somehow, some way, we must get over our propensity to doubt God’s love for us. It is stated over and over in His word, yet it is hard to accept. I don’t know if I can tell you how to open the eyes of your heart, because I am still learning how to open the eyes of my own heart. Nevertheless, I am going to try. It’s something like getting on an airplane, looking at it and thinking, “There’s no way this thing can fly,” yet we still stay on the plane and we reach our destination. We know from God’s word that His hand is upon us, but we think, “But will He really do what He says?” Despite those occasional doubts, we “stay on the plane” and watch it safely take us to our destination.
I too pray that each of us can find a way to open the eyes of our hearts. I pray that we may know the hope to which He has called us. I pray that we come to an understanding of the riches of His glorious inheritance, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. There is truly no reason for us not to have that knowledge and confidence in our Savior and our Father. He has given us His word, and our lives are strewn with solid evidence that all of that is true.
Apparently, the Ephesians were weak vessels, just as we are. But we don’t have to stay that way. Verse 17 gives us a clue. We need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we may know Him better. For the remainder of our lives, let us seek to obtain all the wisdom and revelation it takes to have 100% confidence in the surety of our right-standing with Him. The truth practically has to jump on us and pound us into the ground for us to fully believe its reality. Mercy on us!
Mk 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Prayer: Lord, as we have already said, “we are weak vessels.” We are very grateful that You know that even better than we do. Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief.