Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Captured by Grace Devotionals Day 9

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear


Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.

Psalm 119:18



A well-known Old Testament scholar spent the summer in Jerusalem as part of a team of scholars working on a new translation of the Bible.  When he returned to the classroom in September, he told his students it had been a carnal, spiritually dry summer.  His students were shocked.  Weren’t they studying God’s Word all day?  He replied, “It became a project instead of a passion.  We became so familiar with the intricacies of the text that we stopped seeing its grandeur.”


Is it possible to study the Bible in a carnal fashion?  Apparently so.  Maybe when you read the professor’s testimony, you said to yourself, “That’s happened to me.”  You don’t have to be a scholar or translator to lose sight of the inestimable privilege of reading God’s Word.  It can happen when you become so faithful with your quiet time that it becomes a routine—something to check off your “to-do” list for the day.  The nation of Israel once had eyes to see and ears to hear God, but she grew carnal.  As a result, she failed to hear and see the living Word of God standing in her midst.  Don’t let that happen to you.


Pray today and ask God to open your eyes and show you fresh and wonderful things from His Word.



Take away, O Lord, the veil of my heart while I read the Scriptures.

Lancelot Andrews


Recommended Reading: Isaiah 6:9-10


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