Monday, July 27, 2009

"As If We Had No Eyes"

The vast bulk of our lives is unwitnessed by all human eyes, including our our own. God, however, views every aspect of our life and being with perfect clarity.

"All things are naked and opened
unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."

(Hebrews 4:13)

The scope of our vision, perspective, and understanding is far more limited than we realize. Much swirls around and within us that we cannot begin to see, and countless influences direct us in making decisions. If we could fully recognize how little we recognize, the stark extent of our blindness would terrify us. Left to ourselves, we stumble as in the darkness, and the best and brightest among the human race see but glimmers of the light of reality. "We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men" (Isaiah 59:10).

There is One "who hath eyes like unto a flame of fire," and whose gaze penetrates to the heart of all reality (Revelation 1:14). He sees the inner workings and outward dynamics of every one of the innumerable atoms that comprise the physical universe. Even more, He sees us just as completely. No moment of our existence has been unwitnessed by the Divine gaze, and little wonder that the Psalmist declared, "Many... are Thy thoughts to us... they are more than can be numbered" (Psalm 40:5). There are countless implications of such truth, leading David to also affirm, "I will trust in Thee!" (Psalm 55:23). It is insanity at best and evil at worst to trust in the blind person that we are apart from the light of God. And it is salvation, light, truth and love to trust in His penetrating eyes and ever active mind that see every detail of our lives.

True vision begins when the light of God shines so brightly unto us and within us that we confess with Isaiah, "We grope as if we have no eyes." It continues as we look to the great Witness, the only true Witness of our life and being. He sees our center and circumference, and He sees our past, present, and future with perfect clarity. We see, in real terms, so very little. Trusting our Lord, therefore, is the only reasonable thing to do, and opens to us the possibility of a life attuned with a growing awareness of reality only possible for those of whom it can be said, "They looked unto Him, and were lightened" (Psalm 34:5).

"Thou God seest me."
(Genesis 16:13)

"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool,
but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
(Proverbs 28:26)

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