Reflections on “Open My Eyes That I May See!” April 16, 2024

Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see Your face, Open my eyes, Lord, Help me to see.

Our eyes can see, but not knowing God, soul-deep.  Lord, you have probed me, you know me you know when I sit and stand, You understand my thoughts from afar.  You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways You are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all. Psalm 139:1-4.

God knows all about us—even to the number of hairs we have. Even all the hairs on your head are counted. Matthew 10:30.

The man who was blind from birth was healed by Jesus. Why did Jesus do this? The Pharisees threw the healed man from the temple. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is He.” He said, “I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped Him. Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” John 9:35-39.

When Lazarus died, Jesus delayed going to his friend’s side. He was questioned about this. After Lazarus was raised from the dead and brought from the tomb. Jesus prayed. So, they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” And when He had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11: 41-43.

When we use the gifts and talents God has given us, we please Him when we obey these words: Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you as you claim. Amos 5:14.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your Law. Psalm 119:18.

Comfort those with anxious hearts, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The retribution of God will come, But He will save you.” Then the eyes of those who are blind will be opened, and the ears of those who are deaf will be unstopped. Isaiah 35:4-6.

Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear Your voice. Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear.

What will we listen for in this world? Rather than gossip or worldly chatter, we listen for the voice of Jesus Christ and study His life so we will live in His will.

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you; the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. John 5:24-5.

Who is this Jesus? Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

What way do you choose to follow? How do you know the truth? Life everlasting or Heaven comes through believing and doing the will of God as Jesus taught. 

Thus, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. But I ask, did they not hear? Certainly, they did; for “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” Romans 10:17-18.

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11.

Open my heart, Lord, Help me to love like You. Open my heart, Lord, Help me to love.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. Deuteronomy 6:5-6.

A command is not a suggestion, but obedience to our Lord, who created this world and each of us. You formed my inmost being. You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works! My very self, You know. Psalm 139:13-14.

Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds, on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2.

Loving others is our joy. “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14.