Grow closer to God and gain a clearer understanding of circumstances in your life.
by Dianne Neal Matthews — Posted on Jan 12, 2013
“One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” John 9:25 (HCSB)
As my husband and I started out on our two-day drive to visit Redwood National Park in California, I pulled out my e-book reader. Buying this was a smart move, I told myself. I turned the reader on and went straight to the current page in the novel I’d checked out from the library. The page looked so dim that I couldn’t read the words. I checked the brightness level but it was already at 100%. Going to “Settings”, I searched for something else to adjust.
“I have no idea what’s wrong with this, but I won’t be able to use it,” I complained to my husband. Then I took off my sunglasses and glanced down. The screen was perfectly bright and readable.
Jesus gave sight to many blind people during His ministry on earth. Some had been born blind; others had lost their sight. On more than one occasion He called the Pharisees and religious leaders “blind” because they refused to see spiritual truth. They were more concerned about their lists of rules and manmade traditions, and their positions of power. They couldn’t see their Messiah when He stood right in front of them.
On the day of His resurrection, Jesus walked beside two of His followers who were confused by His death—and even more perplexed by reports of the empty tomb. Jesus discussed Old Testament prophecies until their spiritual eyes were opened and they understood that these events had been part of God’s plan. Jesus still wants to open people’s eyes to spiritual truth today.
When I pray about a Bible passage that I don’t understand, He often gives me understanding. He gives me clearer vision to see the people around me and their needs. Sometimes He helps me see circumstances in my life from His perspective. Once I take off the dark glasses of my human thinking, everything seems brighter and clearer.
Faith step: In what ways do you need Jesus to open your spiritual eyes today? Tell Him you want to see more clearly.