Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. (Psalm 119:18-20 NIV).
I left for a long trip early one morning, driving east into a bright sun. I did not know the danger until I heard a truck, but never saw it pass me. I had literally been blinded by the light. Overexposure to the sun had temporarily taken my vision.
Unfortunately, this can parallel the experience of some Christians as they read Scripture, attend worship services, and practice daily Christian disciplines. We get so much exposure to God’s truth that we stop seeing or appreciating it.
What’s the solution to being blinded by the light? The answer is not to start avoiding God’s truth – it’s imperative that we know God’s good and safe path.
The answer lies in keeping our hearts sensitive to the wonders of God’s heart evident among the truths to which we are being exposed.
If all we see are glaring commands, then we will ultimately look away from words that condemn us. But, if we learn to see those commands as God’s provision of a path of safety and blessing being extended to all who long for his help, then we begin to sense again the grace of God that first warmed our hearts to seek him.
So, when you consider Scripture today, allow God to show you if you are starting to go blind to the light of his Word. If you are, then pause to put on your gospel glasses to read again with the eyes of your heart open to seeing the Light of the World all Scripture reveals.
That Light is Jesus and in his light we see the grace that keeps our hearts committed to him on the journey he designs for us.
Father, I ask you to open my eyes so that I may always see your heart in your Word and live in light of the truth your care makes bright.