Isaiah 32:3 Seeing And Hearing

Listening and hearing

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Isaiah 32:3 

People can see and hear without really seeing or hearing. The eyes can be deceived very easily, making what is not real to appear to be real. The words being said can be false, yet appear as though they are truth.

The majority of people in the world live as though they know the truth and reality of life. They feel as if they are in complete control of their destiny and everything will work out correctly.

Often they do not see what is just around the corner or the disaster that they are walking into.

Isaiah talks of a time when the people will be able to really see and will be able to really hear what is being said. They will no longer be blind and unhearing.

In the church there are many people who claim to be believers and followers of Jesus, yet do not really hear what He is saying. They cannot see what God is doing and the path God is leading them on.

They have chosen to close up their eyes and ears to what God is saying and doing in order to live their life in their own way. Living in purposeful sin is refusing to hear what God says about that sin. It is rejecting God and His ways.

Others have chosen to allow their eyes and ears to be open to what God is saying and doing. They see what is sin and what is not sin. They understand what it really means to follow after God.

Living for God is a choice that has to be done with open eyes and ears. In one’s own self he cannot make the right choices and will always choose to sin. But with God’s guidance by His Holy Spirit and word, he can choose to live for God.

Seek to have God open your eyes and ears to what He is saying. God is right there to guide you in how to live for Him. God has called you to live a holy life in service to Him.

Instead of closing your eyes and ears to God’s word, allow those words in to change your life. See what God can do in your life and through your life in order to make you more like Jesus and to build His kingdom on this earth.

I pray today that you will open your ears and eyes to God; that God will help you to see what He is doing; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will live for God with all of your life. 

Psalm 118:18 Open Eyes

Boy looking on bridge

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 118:18 

The law is something that tells a person what he can or cannot do. It is often seen as stifling or constricting upon a person. Very few people like to have laws made that are set ‘against’ them. It is acceptable for laws that are for the other person or to protect oneself, but not against oneself.

People like their freedom to do what they want, when they want, and how they want with no one to tell them anything different. So because of this, laws are often disposed or ignored. They do not see any or little value in the laws that are made.

In this psalm, the writer asks God to open his eyes up to the wonderful things in His law.

Just as many in the world do not like laws or rules, there are many believers who do not like the commands and laws of God. All they want is the freedom that is pronounced in Jesus. They are quick to point out that God is full of grace and mercy and that there is freedom. This is done to justify their sinful nature.

Since God is perfect and holy in all that He says and does, His law is also perfect. God put the law in place for a purpose. It was for the benefit of all people.

Following the law of God will not save a person, but it shows how a person is to live for God. Jesus fulfilled the law in providing the perfect sacrifice to save a person, but He did not abolish it. It is still there to guide a person on how he should think, speak and act in this fallen world.

The eyes of a believer need to be opened up by God’s Holy Spirit to reveal how great His law is, to be able to see the value in God’s law in this world.

Do not despise God’s law or reject it as old and of no value. Seek God’s word and see the value in what God had to say. Find out why the law was put into place and how you can apply it to your life to live a life that God wants you to live.

Trust in Jesus for your salvation, but live following God’s ways and commands. His law is perfect for how to live this life.

I pray today that God will reveal His law to you; that you will open your heart to seeing God’s law for you; that you will trust in Jesus for your salvation; and that you will live according to the commands of God. 

Psalm 97:10 Love God, Hate Evil

Burning light

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 

Promotion of what is evil can be found all over the place in many different forms. The world does not see evil as evil, but as good, fun and entertaining. People feel that they have the right to think, listen, say, and do whatever they want, how they want and when they want.

Music, games, movies, TV shows and books will promote lies, cheating, killing and other evil deeds as acceptable, or just ‘not as bad as….’ Many evil things are hidden behind the mask of comedy, making light of something bad and evil.

The psalmist encourages those who love God to hate evil. The reason for that is that God is protecting the lives of those who are faithful.

Loving something that is evil is putting oneself into the enemies hands and danger. It is purposefully allowing oneself to be harmed. It is also putting oneself against God, bringing on His wrath and anger.

Jesus died to remove all sin and evil from the life of every person. To follow Jesus and turn back to that evil is to deny Christ.

Seeing any evil, in any form, should break the heart of a believer. What is being seen is sin and shows people who do not really know God or have allowed themselves to walk away from Him.

Love will only want what is good, right, holy and pure. Every believer is to live their lives as Jesus lived, only doing what is good, right, holy and pure. They will allow God to control their thoughts and actions to do only what will please Him. This is not done to earn salvation, but because one is saved, it is done out of love.

Jesus has removed all sin from your life. Do not allow yourself to go back into it or be entertained by sin. Hate all evil, in every form and flee it. Allow your heart to break at those being bound up in evil.

Fill your heart with God’s love, knowing the love God had and has for you. Love what God loves and hate what God hates. God loves people, but hates evil and sin.

Doing these things will fill your heart with God’s love and peace, rather than fear and death.

I pray today that you will allow God to transform your thinking; that you will love God with all of your life; that God will help you to hate all evil doing; and that your life will shine God’s love in this world.