The Eyes Of Our Understanding

Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,…”

One evening this week, after a long day with the family, I laid down and went to sleep without taking off my glasses.  Sometime during the night, they fell from my face onto the bed.  During the night I rolled over and heard a crunch.  Being startled by the noise, I immediately awoke and remembered my glasses.  I turned on the light to find that I had rolled on top of them leaving the glasses broken.  Early the next morning, I got out of bed and began looking for an optometrist nearby for a repair.  Since most eyeglass/vision businesses will not do work without a licensed optometrist on duty, the search would need to be made, otherwise I may make a wasted trip for repair.  When searching, I was really struggling to see the information on the computer, because I didn’t have glasses (mine were broken).  All the information was there on the page.  Anyone who had good vision could easily see and read it, but for me, it was tough.  With some help from my wife, Jennifer, I was able to locate a vision care place and drove there for the fix.  When I got home, the information I had searched was still on the computer screen, but now (wearing my repaired glasses) it was easy for me to read. The information and the manner in which it was presented never changed, but now with my repaired glasses, I could see and read it clearly.

As I pondered on this experience, our study verse came to my mind.  I asked myself, “How many children of God live in this world and never understand the truth about the Lord and His great work of salvation?”  Truly, many of His little sheep wonder around this world and never experience the sweet peace that is enjoyed by those who understand the truth which is found in His Holy Word.  The truth is the same.  The information of God’s Word is the same and preserved by Him (Psalms 12:6). But how many do not have proper vision to see and understand.  The Lord has blessed some with His direct help to have eyes to see (the blind in Mark 10:51), and others He has helped by the obedience of His servants.  In Acts 9:17, it was Ananias who said, “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

Brothers and sisters in Christ, life without proper eyewear is tough. I know this from the experience of trying to read the information on the computer screen the morning after I broke my glasses. In a similar fashion, life is difficult without having the wisdom and comfort of God’s Word.  May we all pray that He will bless us with better vision, and at the same time may we be willing to help other children of God that they may see their Savior more clearly. Amen!

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