Thursday, March 22, 2012

Having Your Eyes Opened

Numbers 24

    2And Balaam lifted up his eyes and he saw Israel abiding in their tents according to their tribes. And the Spirit of God came upon him
    3And he took up his [figurative] discourse and said: Balaam son of Beor, the man whose eye is opened [at last, to see clearly the purposes and will of God],
    4He [Balaam] who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes open and uncovered, he says:...

This hit me between the eyes this week.  (No pun intended.)  Remember Balaam?  The man whose donkey talked to him?  (And he didn't react as if it was strange!)  He had gone with the instruction to curse Israel.  But each time he spoke, he blessed them.  This was the third try to have him curse Israel.  He didn't even pray this time.  He just lifted up his eyes...and his eyes were opened.  They were opened to the purposes and will of God.  They were opened to the vision of the Almighty.  They were opened...and he blessed Israel...again.

No one opened his eyes...except the Spirit of God.  He didn't even open his own eyes.  We can try and try to open someone's eyes to the Truth, but we don't actually have that power.  Instead, let's ask the Spirit of God to do that work.  But first...let me ask Him to open my eyes.  That my eyes will be opened to the purposes and will of God.  That they will be opened to the vision of the Almighty.  That they will be bless and not curse.

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