Seeing, but Blind (II)

“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13, New King James Version).

This is the key Bible verse for our “Come and See” devotional today.

The first part of this series of devotionals indicated that the Word of God is the potential source of light required to remain spiritually conscious in our dark world. King David said: “God’s word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105, New International Version). With God’s Word giving brightness to David’s path, he was never ignorant of the happenings around him.

The state of blindness is similar to walking in total darkness. Just as children are often afraid of the dark, the absence of light creates fear. The bible recorded a time when a certain King of Aram sent armies with horses and chariots to capture a renowned man of God, Prophet Elisha. The King was angry because he was told that Elisha’s spiritual eyes were opened so wide that he could see the war strategy of the Aramites, to be used against Israel.

When the armies arrived at Dothan where Elisha lived, they camped around the city and the Bible records that: “when the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” (2nd Kings 6:15-16, New International Version). His servant was afraid because he could see what was happening, physically, but he was spiritually blind and in total darkness as he could not see what Elisha was seeing.

Elisha tried to tell his anxious servant that they were not alone. And prayed for his inner eyes to be opened so he could see the spiritual walls of protection around them. “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha.” (2nd Kings 6:17, New International Version).

Similarly, like Elisha’s servant; are you losing confidence or in fear as a result of challenges you face? Perhaps you are weighed down by economic worries. If you are, then perhaps you should remember the example of Elisha and then pray that God opens your eyes to His promises as written in the Scriptures.  As in the case of Elisha, eyes that are spiritually open will grant access to the world of the miraculous. The plans of enemies will become obvious and they will realise the futility of their efforts. After all: “how useless to spread a net where every bird can see it.” (Proverbs 1:17, New International Version). With open eyes, you will see the goodness of God instead of evil, as well as success instead of defeat, and opportunities instead of problems in every situation.

Let us pray: “Father, open the eyes of my understanding so I may know the riches of the glory of my inheritance in Christ Jesus,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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