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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Now I See"

And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. Mark 10:51

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For 51 years Bob Edens was blind.  He couldn't see a thing.  His world was a black hall of sounds and smells.  He felt his way through five decades of darkness.  And then, he could see.  A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight.  He found it overwhelming. "I never would have dreamed that yellow is so...yellow," he exclaimed. "I don't have the words. I am amazed by yellow.  But red is my favorite color. I just can't believe red.  I can see the shape of the moon--and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail.  And of course, sunrises and sunsets. And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light.  You could never know how wonderful everything is."

When I came across this testimony, I first paused to give thanks for my eyesight.  How often do we take for granted the "little things"!  When was the last time I was amazed by yellow?  I am so thankful for the gift of sight.  The glorious sunrises and sunsets are too beautiful to describe.  The gracefulness of birds in flight against the backdrop of brilliant blue is a wonder to behold.  We often take these things for granted.  If you can read these words today, take a moment and thank God for such a marvelous gift.

However, my thoughts went secondly to the greatness of spiritual sight.  How can you explain the beauty of Jesus to someone that is spiritually blind?  Those who have been born again have new eyes that can behold new things.  The Psalmist said, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law" Psalm 119: 18. Oftentimes, I take for granted my spiritual sight.  All too often I fail to look into the Word of God to see the face of Christ.  Have you marveled lately over a beautiful spiritual vision in God's Word?  May we open our eyes of faith and fix our gaze upon Jesus. Thank God today if you are able to say with the blind man in John 9, "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).

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Previous devotions

"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013
"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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