(This is the second installment of this series. Don’t miss Part 1, available here!)
Spiritual Sight Restored in the Intimacy Circle
With this in mind, I want to share with you a passage of Scripture that addresses the way He heals our vision impediments. He recently deepened these verses for me, bringing them vibrantly alive, and I know there is so much here for you too. Out of them, He gave me six truths that will help you and me know Him more deeply as He restores our sight.
The Scripture He gave me is Matthew 11:25-30. Read these words slowly and carefully, with thoughtful meditation. Read them through the lens of understanding that each line here has something to teach us about receiving healing revelation from God… revelation that will cure our blindness and open our eyes to see Him:
“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:25-30, ESV).
Holy Spirit broke this passage down for me as follows:
- Revelation of His heart comes through childlike trust.“At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes…’” (Matt. 11:25, ALV, bold emphasis mine). In order to receive Heaven’s revelation, we need to become as babes. Jesus, taking the little children in His arms, urged us to welcome His Kingdom as one of them. He went so far as to say that it would be impossible for us to enter the Kingdom without adopting a heart posture like theirs.
Entering the Kingdom means entering into its fullness. It means receiving all the benefits of the Kingdom, including the ability to gaze on the King. If we are going to enter into these benefits, we need to come to Him in innocent trust, just as the children did that day (Mark 10:14-16). We don’t need faith in our own ability to believe adequately; rather, we need to lean deeply into His ability to perfect our faith and all that pertains to our growth in Him.
Becoming childlike means that we relinquish our right to understand, and we let go of our right to be in control. It means we feel no need to have life figured out, because we know that the One holding us in His everlasting arms already has it all worked out in absolute perfection. It means we snuggle into His bosom in absolute abandon. It means we unquestioningly expect Him to take care of us. It means we see Him as huge and us as really little, and completely safe in His big, strong embrace.
We need Jesus to take us into His arms, just as He did for those little ones. As He blessed them, we need Him to release to us the blessing of spiritual sight. Let’s ask Him to do so right now, and then every day of our lives to come.
What else does it mean to be a “babe” in spirit? What does it mean to you personally?
(Don’t miss the third and final installment of this series, tomorrow!)