The Eye Opener

June 17, 2019
by Lynne Phipps

Psalm 119:18-19 – Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. (NIV)

A lady here in town had just come back from having cataract surgery. While out and about, she met a friend and excitedly exclaimed that she could actually see her friend's eyelashes! She was quite thrilled with this new clarity of sight that the surgery had produced.

We all laughed when we heard this delightful story, and I rejoiced in my heart at how medical technology has advanced in so many areas that now improves the lives of numerous people.

It also made me think of the need, while reading and studying God's Word, to be praying continually and asking Him for clear spiritual eyesight. Sometimes, I have read passages so many times that I find myself actually skimming over them, thinking that I already know what's in them. And yet, God's Word is full of hidden, unearthed treasures that are there for our discovery, even amidst favourite, well-known passages. When I pray and ask God to open my spiritual eyes as I am reading them, it is amazing the new and wondrous things that I often discover.

In fact, there have been more than a few times that my spiritual cataracts have been removed whilst reading a familiar passage, and my heart has leapt with joy as I have been enlightened by a new and deeper meaning of that Scripture. Such happenings have also made me wonder how I could never have seen that before!

So today, may each of us endeavour to take those extra few seconds to ask God to perform cataract surgery on our spiritual eyes as we study His Word. By so doing, who knows what wonderful treasures will be awaiting our discovery!

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You have breathed out Your Word and that it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that Your people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Remove any cataracts from our spiritual eyes this day, that we might see clearly the treasures in Your Word. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    May it be so, Lynne.


    Excellent sharing. Thanks, I needed to read this today!


    Thank you, Lynn. I have often had the same experience.


    Absolutely loved this! So very true…. Lord give us eyes to see!


    The joy of the Lord is my strength! Thank you for opening my eyes.


    Great idea as parts of the Bible are difficult to understand. Blessings to you, Lynne!


    Useful analogy to me today, Lynn. Thank you for making it clear and simple and the prayer so relevant.


    Wow Lynne,
    Another message I really identify with! Thanks for sharing these insights! Powerful!!


    Amen, Lynne. Love this analogy! Having had cataract and retinal surgery too, I can second these sentiments. It’s a blessing to be able to see as well as I’m able. Blessings.


    Thank you once again Lynne for this devotional. It is so easy to skim over scripture without actually drinking it in. A great reminder of all the teachings contained within there for us.


    Hi Lynne,
    What a great analogy you used today in regard to physical and spiritual cataracts, when it comes to understanding God’s Word. Thank you!


    Good morning Lynne.
    Again, thanks for this devotional. It is easy for me to read and understand. Have a great day in beautiful BC.
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynne,
    Thanks for an excellent writing and great comparison of “eyesight”. May the Lord really open our “eyesight” and improve our vision of His word.
    Blessings for your wonderful contributions to the devotionals.
    (B.C.)


    Hi Lynne
    Thanks for this devotional and I have done that too, skim over verses since I have read them so often. But again, when I take the time to read them any way something will pop up that maybe didn’t hit me the same way the first time.
    God bless.


    Lynne – I always enjoy your devotionals. how true is your statement that we sometimes skim over passages. Thank you for the advice that we need to ask for God’s help to see His word clearly and like we are seeing it for the first time (which we may in fact be doing, after reading it many times). God bless you my friend.


    Thank you so much for your devotional. It is so true how the truth of God’s Word can be revealed as we put on the eyeglasses of the Holy Spirit and let God convict us of His truth. I have especially found that in reading the Daily Lectionary scriptures for over 25 years, and 30 years ago I didn’t even know about reading them. How we need to encourage what you shared.


    Lynne you are just overflowing with messages from God, wrapped up in everyday packaging! How blessed we all are to receive these nuggets of gold. May we all, with spiritual eyes sharpened by our Redeemer, never grow tired of His Word in spite of our human tendency to assume we’ve received all that a passage has to offer us. May we remember that, like our computers, each new day our insights are ‘refreshed’, and new meaning can be seen in everything God has to show us – even in a sunrise or a rain shower. He guides our thoughts – He provides new perspectives – and (if we are willing) we might see a wee bit of heaven around every corner. That’s what makes every day a new and exciting adventure!!


    Hello again, Lynne, and thanks for your helpful devotional yesterday. Having had cataract surgery myself, I could appreciate your wise link to our Lord’s healing power and guidance in such times. Please keep up with your devotions as long as God continues to inspire you.


    Hi Lynne,
    Thank you for this beautifully written, insightful devotional. I am amazed and in awe every time when the Holy Spirit shows me a revelation of a scripture passage that l had only seen from a certain perspective before. May God remove our spiritual cataracts as you say so that we can see the enlightenment of His word!
    Blessings.


    Your devotional on cataracts is so meaningful and applicable to our lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and devotion!

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