The Bible talks a lot about people not having eyes to see and ears to hear. It is not talking about being physically blind and deaf but unable to perceive what is happening. The Jews did not perceive that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, and they missed the blessing He had for them. Can you imagine having the opportunity to sit and talk with your Messiah but missing it because you could not perceive who Jesus was?
Do you remember the magic eye images? To find the hidden picture, you had to look deeper into the image. That is what the Lord invites you to do; look deeper than what you see on the surface.
Much like Elisha's servant, Gahazi, we only see the circumstances around us. We need to pray the prayer Elisha prayed, Lord, open his eyes that he may see (1 Kings6:17). It is when He opens your eyes and ears that you can perceive the truth of a matter. God wants to show you what is going on behind the scenes.
He does this so that your prayers align with what He is doing. This blessing also enables you to stay at peace, minister to others, and remain in faith.
Another place the Lord wants you to have those eyes to see and ears to hear is when you read and study His word. The scriptures are layered, and only when you look deeper will you begin to see what He has for you there.
Here is an example.
"Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her, and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back." Ruth 2:14
I've read over this verse many times until, one day, the Holy Spirit stopped me. He wanted me to look deeper at this. He showed me it was at these meals that Ruth got to know Boaz. She learned much about those who worked for Boaz, what they liked and what they didn't. Ruth learned about the harvest. At those meals, she discovered what she needed to know to become Boaz's wife and guide her son.
As I continued to look deeper, I remembered Boaz is a type of Jesus. Jesus was inviting me to sit at the table with Him, and He would feed me. There He would teach me things I needed to know to fulfill the plans He had for me, just like He did for Ruth.
As God opens your eyes and ears, you will begin to perceive things from His perspective. Fear will diminish, and peace will begin to rule our hearts and minds.
Trying circumstances become joyful events. Loneliness disappears as we perceive the angels surrounding us. Bible study time becomes an adventure of discovery. And prayer goes from unsure requests for help to strong prayers of faith.
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