Daily Devotional 1-30-20

Give Me Eyes to See 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. John 9:1

God is all-knowing. He knows our ins and outs. He holds a solid knowledge of our past, present, and future. God has an all-encompassing knowledge about each person. When God looks at you, He sees beyond your physicality, and even beyond your circumstance or need. But, He also sees what you could become. 

The key to understanding the text lies in the word saw.” In the Greek language to see means to perceive, discern, discover, inspect, and notice.  It also means to notice something and ascertain what must be done about it. When we import this meaning into the text, it could read, “Now as Jesus passed by, He discovered and perceived the circumstance of a man born blind and knew exactly what to do about it.” 

Friends, it appears seeing goes beyond just beholding something with your physical eyes. This kind of seeing I am talking about involves the heart. Seeing with your heart is different from seeing with your physical eyes. The physical eye may see an immigrant and/or a person of color, someone with a disability, someone with a chronic health challenge, someone with a social stigma, but the spirit-filled heart would see a person with dignity and destiny. The physical eye may see the poor, homeless, an addict, broken, disenfranchised, etc., but the heart may see a person with great potential for something. The physical eyes may also see a rich, popular person but the spirit-filled heart may see a person in need of some sort. The apostle Paul, confirms this when he said, “So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values], (2 Corinthians 5:16). 

In the process to select a replacement for King Saul, Samuel, the prophet, nearly made a mistake when he saw the muscles of David’s big brother and thought he might be the chosen one. God intervened and said, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I recognize that this may be a stretch for some people because we are accustomed to seeing just with our eyes, but I believe if we are going to love all people as Jesus loves them, then we need to see with our spirit-filled hearts. 

Look at Jesus on the cross, and you would see the value of each person!

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, grant me the grace to see with my heart to discover what you perceive in each person.