Focus Your Eyes To See Clearly
“We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
~II Chronicles 20:12b
I had an eye exam and purchased a pair of eyeglasses a/k/a spectacles. During the routine exam I stated I could not read the footnotes clearly in my Bible, and this had become an annoyance. With the arrival of the new eyeglasses, I can see small letters clearly.
According to Wikipedia: “The earliest record of magnification dates back to the 1st century AD.” A tutor of Emperor Nero of Rome named “Seneca the Younger” stated: “Letters, however small and indistinct, are seen enlarged and more clearly through a globe or glass filled with water”. In about 1286, the first eyeglasses “were made in Italy”.
Unlike Moses, many people do not have clear vision, and they need to wear either eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. In the Book of Deuteronomy, when Moses died at the age of 120, it states: “his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.”.
The Bible uses the term “eyes” quite frequently. There are numerous examples of God's power being displayed in this way and are: “Then He (Jesus) put His hands on his eyes...”, and “by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light...”.
An example in the Old Testament of God's power opening a “young man's eyes” was a servant of Elisha. The replacement for Elijah once he was “carried by a whirlwind into heaven”, was Elisha, and his effective ministry lasted for over 50 years. In 2 Kings, Elisha's faith in God's power is demonstrated when he prayed regarding opening a servant's eyes. The servant was afraid because he was unable to see God's mighty heavenly army that was on the hillside. Elisha prayed: “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see! The LORD opened the young man's eyes...(and)...he saw the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.”.
In the New Testament Jesus healed the blind. For example in Mark 10, Jesus healed the eyes of a blind beggar whose name was Bartimaeus, who lived in Jericho. As Jesus was passing by, the blind beggar called out to Him: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”. Jesus heard him, and asked “him to come” to Him. Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted Him “to do for” him? Bartimaeus replied: “Teacher...I want to see!”. Jesus replied to him that because of his faith he was healed. Without actually having never seen Jesus, Bartimaeus saw with his heart and knew Jesus was the “Son of David”!
God's people do not need to live with spiritually blurred vision. They do not need their eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when they chose to “want to see” Jesus. Jesus came to all to make everyone's spiritual vision crystal clear. By nurturing their faith, and constantly focusing their eyes upon Him, they have their eyes of their heart flooded with Light, and restored to clear spiritual vision to see God's heavenly army “on the hillside”.
Lord God, thank You for giving to us spiritual eyes. Focus our spiritual eyes to see clearly Your presence surrounding us. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington