22 Nov 2018
Open My Eyes to Truth
As a young Christian I was encouraged, whenever I read the Bible, to pray: “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18). It wasn’t that I was incapable of reading the text, but I sometimes failed to see what God was trying to say to me. The psalmist knew just how important it was to hear what God wants to say and acknowledged that he needed God’s help to do this.
Our reading from Ezekiel may look like a difficult piece of history to wade through, but seeing the words “the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord; and I fell on my face” (see Ezekiel 44:4) changes all that. What an encounter Ezekiel had with the holiness of God!
What does it say to me? Are my eyes open to see the wonder of this simple statement? What other scriptures does it remind me of? Perhaps Isaiah when he said: “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple” (see Isaiah 6:1) or the aged apostle John with his vision of God’s holiness in Revelation 1.
But my eyes can also be opened to see the wonderful truths contained in our reading today in 1 Peter 1:3-5, that He has “…begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith…”
These are wonderful truths that we cannot truly see or understand until God opens ours eyes.
Pause and reflect: What do you see when you read God’s Word? Is it just words or is God speaking to you?