Open My Eyes

When he was at the table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.

─ Luke 24:30-31 ESV

Have you ever struggled to see something right in front of you? Perhaps you looked all over the house for your glasses, keys or something else, only to look over them numerous times, finally seeing them at last.

That can be the case with our salvation – the gifts God has made available to us through the death burial and resurrection of His son. So many things belong to us as His redeemed, but we struggle to see them until the Holy Spirit opens our eyes.

In today’s verse, Jesus appeared to His disciples, and they walked with Him. They didn’t immediately recognize Him. Only after their eyes were open, did they realize that Jesus had been the one speaking to them.

Let’s look at Hagar’s story in Genesis 21. Abraham sent her and their teenage son into the desert.  Even though Hagar knew God had promised that her son, Ishmael would become a mighty nation, she couldn’t see the promise because the situation she was in looked impossible. She and her son were dying of thirst.

Yet, right there, unseen by her, was a water well. “Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink” (Genesis 21:19 ESV). Maybe she was blinded by grief, or unbelief. Either way, something kept her from seeing the salvation of the Lord.

Today’s One Thing

Open your Bible today and read Psalm 119:17-24. Pray and meditate specifically on verse 18, “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.” Make this verse your heartfelt prayer this week.

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