Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Hallelujah Hallelujah"1 (Lyrics)
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.