September 16, 2019

Dilated Eyes of Faith

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 16, 2019 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Just as our physical eyesight requires dilation to diagnose its current condition and to forecast any potential issues, so our spiritual eyesight requires check ups of divine dilation to discern its health. Typically, eye drops are administered and within 15-30 minutes the pupil’s size increases, allowing the doctor to accurately view the entire optic nerve and retina. Dilated pupils expand light exposure and reveal any harmful issues like glaucoma or macular degeneration. Similarly, our spiritual eyes require examination from the Holy Spirit to uncover unhealthy perspectives. 

Blurred or blinded spiritual eyesight only envisions a partial reality or none at all. Paul explains. Spiritual eyes fixed only on what is seen, are limited in their capacity to experience only what’s temporary: heartaches, sin, shame and fear, while spiritual eyes fixed on what is unseen are able to perceive the eternal: hope, joy, peace and love. When the light of the gospel of Jesus shines into our soul through the eyes of faith, the Spirit exposes: our current spiritual condition, what may be looming, and what we look forward to in heaven. Dilated eyes of faith see the unseen. 

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

We cannot accurately diagnose our spiritual eyesight by ourselves. We need professionals skilled in this space, and we need experienced followers of Jesus to help us remove little specks of self-deception and large planks of lies that limit or block our spiritual perception. A spiritual eye exam is smart. Though it takes time and is uncomfortable, it is preventative medicine to deal with the devil’s schemes. Unhealthy spiritual sight leads to unhealthy faith and fearful living. 

Eternal love flows into a dilated faith and immerses the soul in the light of holiness, expunging sin and establishing peace and security. Dilation slows down time. We are stilled in the presence of perfection, who takes our imperfections and accomplishes His perfect will. Dilated eyes of faith wear the glasses of the gospel. Prescribed by God—they reveal Christ. We keep adjusting our spiritual eyesight, so we can see clearly what the Lord has in store for those who love Him. 

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, open my eyes of faith by the light of your love, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Application

Who is a respected Bible teacher and/or Christian counselor I can learn from?


Related Reading

Job 33:26; 2 Chronicles 29:6; Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18


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