Wanting to get to California to see my mom, we were driving along the highway at night. Being very tired we were startled when, seemingly out of nowhere, there was this deer in the middle of the mountain road. He just stood there like a statue, frozen in place, looking directly at us. By breaking, swerving, and praying, we were barely able to miss him.
Have you ever been baffled when trying to explain something, that seems simple and crystal clear to you, but the other person looked like a deer staring into headlights (seems confused, and clearly without a clue as to what you are talking about)?
That happened in a class I was teaching last week, when someone visited for the 1st time. Without the background information we have gathered (laying line on line- Isaiah 28:9-10) from the 1st 12 chapters, the lesson could seem confusing, perhaps even baffling. I was so glad for the warm coffee, and yummy Christmas treats, so the gal at least could enjoy them.
Why is there confusion? Why can’t people always understand what is being said? Well, it all began back when people wanted to do their own thing. Just like us today, huh? They thought staying put was a better plan, than venturing out, as GOD told them to do. They flat refused to obey the Almighty Creator, so in order to get the job done according to HIS specific plan and purposes, GOD confused their languages (Genesis 11:1-9).
It is important to listen and act when GOD tells us something. For when we turn away from what GOD has shown us, wanting to do or see things our own way, we have literally turned our back on GOD. We are facing the dark, the light is behind us. We are walking in the dark, but generally don’t know it. In this state, we can easily stumble.
Those who turn back, coming to JESUS, are given light (understanding). As we seek HIM, our understanding grows by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (2 Corinthians 3:18). But even then, we know in part (1 Corinthians 13:12).
“Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see and ears to hear, unto this day.” Deuteronomy 29:4 “The secret (or hidden) things belong to our GOD; but the things that are revealed (made clear to us) belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all ( GOD has for us to do)…” Deuteronomy 29:29
Then, there are the times, for whatever reason, GOD hides things from us.
“But their eyes were held that they should not know HIM” (Luke 24:16). That word held in the Greek text speaks of a superior power hindering them from recognizing something. That reveals to us, that GOD- (the Giver of all good things), when HE chooses, can refuse to give us the ability to see things as they really are. In other words HE can block our understanding if there is a purpose in it (for GOD does nothing without a just and good reason -see Ezekiel 14:23). We can rest in those times knowing that HE promises to reveal anything we need to know (Deuteronomy 29:29).
But more often, for us who believe in JESUS, it is the other way around. “…their eyes were opened” Luke 24:31 “Then JESUS opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45
Yes, even our ability to see, to hear, to understand things as they really are, is a pure gift from GOD.
Therefore, like Paul, we need to ask for GOD to open the eyes of our understanding (Ephesians 1:18) as we go into this new year.
I often seek understanding with the song: Open the Eyes of My Heart LORD
Open the eyes of my heart LORD. Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You.
Open the eyes of my heart LORD. Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up, Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your Power and Love as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.
Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy I want to see You
So, if others are baffled by what seems so clear to you, pray that their eyes be opened too.
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.