The other day in Scripture a partial verse jumped off the page: “You are looking at things as they are outwardly.” (2 Cor 10:7a) I thought on this for several hours. We have finite vision and understanding, but our Sovereign Lord sees all. Rather than trusting what we see and think we know, we are to depend on our Lord for guidance.

This brought me to another Scripture: “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statues; I shall not forget Your Word. Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your Word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” (Ps 119:15-18)

I just finished the book “Pathways: From Providence to Purpose”, a study of Esther that shows God’s sovereignty and His providential hand in all. It shows that what we can see in front of us is not all there is. There’s always mystery behind the scenes – God is always at work bringing about His purpose for His kingdom. I want to join Him in bringing about His purposes, and not just watch from a distance. In order to do it, I must stay on the vine, drink in His Word, and continue to ask the Holy Spirit to guide me and open my eyes to what’s in front of me–and then DO what I’m prompted by the Spirit to do. “The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.” (Prov 16:9)

I then was brought to the following Scripture that I prayed over myself and several on my heart, because I’ve been shown that they do not know the Lord. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those of us who believe.” (Eph 1:18-19a)

Keep my eyes open, Lord, and send Your Spirit to those I lift up to You so that they may have the beginning of wisdom to understand and fear You, that they have a sorrow in Your will that produces repentance and salvation. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.