"The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. Matthew 6:22
There is an old proverb that says the eyes are the windows of the soul. By looking into someone's eyes, you can observe a lot of information about that person. If someone is sad or worried, their eyes look smaller because they furrow their brow. When they are happy, they raise their eyebrows, making their eyes look bigger. We can fake a smile with our mouth, but the eyes are the giveaway. A true smile includes the eyes.
The pupil of our eye acts as a camera, dilating or contracting to regulate the amount of light coming into the eye. But according to the scientists, light is not the only reason our pupils change. Our pupils dilate whenever we detect a threat or an opportunity. When we really want to see what's out there, we need to have our eyes wide open. Once we have identified that threat or opportunity, our pupils adjust again as we examine the situation, seeking to understand it and all the ways we can use it.
Our physical eyes connect with the world around us, then feeds information to our brains so we can make choices. But they are not the only set of eyes we use to see. We also have spiritual eyes. The same way our pupils dilate to enable us to see, we need our spiritual eyes wide open to really see what's out there. Often the truth cannot be seen with our physical eyes, we need the ability to see beyond the natural
One of the most famous examples of seeing beyond the natural is found in 2 Kings 6:15-17.
When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
What we can see with our natural eyes is only a fraction of what is out there. Like Elisha, we are surrounded by angelic forces fighting for us. At times, God allows us to see into that spiritual realm by opening our physical eyes to see. Other times we see in dreams and visions, but most of the time we see by faith.
Eyes of Faith
2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us not to look only at the things we see with our natural eyes, but look at the things which are not seen. These are the eyes that see Jesus. With these eyes, we behold His promises, we use our imagination, we set goals, we dream.
Eyes of our heart
These eyes give us a greater understanding just like when our pupils adjust as we examine a situation, seeking to understand it and all the ways we can use it.
Ephesian 1:18 talks about the eyes of our heart being enlightened, so that we will know what is the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance. Psalms 119:18 asks God to "Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law." When the eyes of our understanding are open, we receive revelation knowledge; the ability to see a situation, understand it and know what we need to do in it.
Not only has God equipped us with natural eyes, He has given us supernatural ones as well. We need all of these marvelous eyes to truly see. I pray that God bless you with eyes to see all that He has for you.
Journal Prompt:: Is there an area or situation in your life where you haven't been using your spiritual eyes? Ask God to open your eyes to be able to see what is truly happening.
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