Open Your Eyes

By Rev. Rick Robinson

When you are looking for God’s direction, do you prefer to see open doors? How certain is an open door when it comes to discerning God’s direction? While open doors can be a sign from God, they can also be a distraction from God’s best. I was recently thinking back in time about things God has done in my life and how God provided needs as well as direction for me.

Years ago I had a 1929 Pontiac, a 1941 Oldsmobile and a 1965 Chevy truck that I drove every day. We were struggling financially and we decided to sell my truck since we needed money more than I needed three antique vehicles. I took one of my wife Victoria’s lipsticks, wrote a price on the windshield and parked the truck on the street. Shortly, a man came by and offered to pay the price on the windshield for the truck. What seemed like an open door, I turned down because I did not have peace about the sale. You might ask if I was thinking straight or did I perhaps love the truck too much to part with it? Only a few days later another man came by and offered to purchase the truck. His offer had a condition I must agree to before he would buy the truck. He wanted to only use the truck on weekends, but did not want to leave the truck all week without being used. If I would drive the truck Monday through Friday, he would pick up the pick up on Friday night and bring it back on Sunday. It looked like I would be able to sell my truck, and drive it too. The first weekend, everything went fine except the man said he was too busy to transfer the title and we would do it later. The second week he called and said he was too busy to use the truck that weekend. The third weekend, he called to say he didn’t know what he was thinking buying an old truck. He told me to keep the truck and keep the money too. Open doors are not as useful as open eyes, to see things the way God does.

I am reminded of the story of Elisha, when his servant was frightened about the soldiers that had them surrounded. He was afraid, thinking he and Elisha were going to die. Elisha told him not to fear, and asked God to open his eyes that he may see what God sees. The servant saw angels that out numbered the soldiers encamped all around them.

2 Kings 6:15-17
And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Are you going through a situation right now that seems hopeless? Are you frightened by what you see? Maybe it is time to relax and meditate on all the things God has done for you in the past. Perhaps it is time to ask God to open your eyes that you may see what He sees, because when it comes to faith, seeing is not believing–believing is seeing.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Copyright 2011 Church Growth Associates, Inc.

Comments are closed.