Open Your Eyes

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    It is amazing the number of automobile accidents that occur where one of the drivers states that they just didn’t see the other driver. This is especially common when cars hit or pull out in front of motorcycles. Even though the motorcycle is right there in plain sight and has a light on the front, drivers of cars often pull out not having ever seen the motorcycle. There are many times in life when we fail to see that which is right in front of our eyes. Sometimes it is because we see what we have always seen and fail to recognize the changes that are right in front of us. I have seen creeping vines completely take over a house before. One might sit and wonder why the homeowner didn't take the vines down, but they just crept up the house little by little and went almost unnoticed because of how slow they moved. Other times we fail to see things simply because we don’t want to see them. Something can be right in front of us and we will flat out deny it because it is not what we want to hear or believe.

    It should be our desire to have our eyes opened to that which is true. We should always want to know and understand truth. We should always want our eyes open to that which is around us. In Psalm 119:18 David said, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” David was one who realized that sometimes we struggle to see the truth even though it might be right in front of us. Yet David’s desire was that his eyes be opened to God’s word.

    It is sometimes difficult to have open eyes to truth because truth comes with consequences. Ultimately ALL of the consequences of truth are good, yet at times they are uncomfortable in the short come. Opening eyes to truth will often require one to make great changes in their life. Opening eyes may require that one make sacrifices and give up practices, beliefs, or friends that they hold dear. Yet the ultimate end of opening ones eyes to truth is that we have truth instead of a lie. When our eyes are open to truth, then our actions, reactions, hopes, dreams, faith, and love is based on reality instead of a false sense of security. When our eyes are opened to truth then we can make appropriate changes in our life that will lead to the eternal outcome that we desire.

    It must always be our desire to have eyes that are opened to the truth. The day of judgement will be very sad for many people who have closed their eyes to the truth that God has given. Sadly, many will not even see their ultimate destruction and punishment coming until it is too late because their eyes are closed to truth. Jesus discusses this very situation in Matthew 7:21-23 where it says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” The Bible teaches that even most people claiming to be Christians will not enter heaven. We must at all costs open our eyes to truth and make the changes necessary to be truly right with God!