Can You See Him?

Eyes that see

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13, NKJV).

Do you believe you will see the goodness of the Lord in this life? According to these words from Psalms, being convinced that you will is the antidote to discouragement.

What comes to mind when you read the phrase, “seeing the goodness of the Lord”? Probably most of us start to imagine desirable outcomes to our current circumstances. These are some concrete ways His goodness could manifest in our lives:

  • The healing of a family member struggling with chronic illness
  • Sudden, unexpected financial provision for paying off debts
  • The restoration of a rocky marriage
  • A child being born after a long journey battling infertility
  • A loved one delivered from drug addiction

Yes. All of these are most definitely overt expressions of how good He is. Each of them showcases His kindness in a dramatic way. However, I’d like to share with you a deeper nuance of this Scripture than what may be apparent upon first glance.

To do so, I’m going to bring in another passage to help illuminate this one. It’s from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see…” (Matt. 13:16a, NIV). He spoke these words to the disciples, contrasting them with multitudes of people who could see with their physical eyes but had no real perception happening at a heart level (vv. 13-15). He was pointing out to them what riches were theirs because they could perceive truth.

Do we have eyes that see? To see with our spirit means to discern, to recognize, to ascertain, to be aware, to understand. If we do have heart’s eyes that function this way, blessed are we! This is why Paul interceded for the Ephesians’ spiritual power of sight. This was so crucial that he never stopped praying this prayer: “I keep asking… that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you” (Eph. 1:17a, 18a, NIV).

Like them, we, too, desperately need eyes that can supernaturally ascertain and absorb real hope. Now, let’s look at Psalm 27:13 through the lens of this vital truth. David says, “…Unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord…” Do you hear what Holy Spirit is expressing? “Unless I had believed that I would perceive His goodness… that I would profoundly recognize how good He is… that I would discern the true character of His heart, how pure, how kind, how faithful is His very nature… that I would become aware of how tender His intentions are toward me… that I would comprehend with every fiber of my being how much He loves me… I would have lost heart!”

This, my friends, is where hope is born: when we can see Him. When our heart can understand who He really is. When we can truly see His goodness, then we don’t ever, ever, ever lose heart. Blessed are our eyes when they can pierce the fog of adverse circumstance and perceive Daddy’s kindness and love in the midst of it.

How we need such eyes! I would encourage you to pray Ephesians 1:18 and Psalms 17:13 over yourself right now, and then every day for the rest of your life!

Daddy God, I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened, that I may know the hope to which You have called me! Out of Your great, merciful love, allow me to see Your goodness in the land of the living!

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Have you had an Ephesians 1:18 moment recently? Where suddenly Holy Spirit enlightened the eyes of your heart and you could see something you hadn’t been able to see clearly before?

 

26 thoughts on “Can You See Him?

  1. Very much on point Jennifer, thank you! Your entry has brought many wonderful truths of Scripture to my mind and heart this morning. From Paul’s encouragement to look for the unseen (2 Cor. 4:18), to Jesus speaking with Thomas about seeing then believing as opposed to not seeing (physically) yet still believing (John 20:29) to the writer of Hebrews direction to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), God is at work all around us. What I/most need is the encouragement to be diligently looking for His moving simply because it is most likely going to be not what we expect!
    As Holy Spirit affirms once again that we are sister and brother in the Lord, I have been lately working on memorizing Psalm 27! Verse 14 gives us the wonderful encouragement to be patient as we look to observe His goodness: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
    Blessings to you this day,
    Chuck

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  2. I am so blessed with your post. God opened my eyes that no matter how I tried to run away from His presence as His child he will not allow me to go astray. He kept on calling me to come back in His wonderful presence. Through the preaching and teaching of His it open up my eyes to see how awesome is His love for me. It is beyond measure. It is unconditional kind of love.

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  3. I think passages like the one from Ephesians encourages us to realize that our physical eyes can only see the superficial elements of a person or situation. We must dig deeper if we are to understand why a person said or did something, or why a situation developed in a certain way, and how we need to respond. We are called to see beyond the surface, and we depend on the eyes of our heart, the eyes of faith, to achieve true vision. — Mike

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  4. Powerful!! I had been searching for a passage the Lord spoke to me and couldn’t for the life of me find it, but the Lord brought it back to me through this message…”But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it….Matthew 16:16-17

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  5. Thank God for your blog. Thank God for your ability to express it all. I thank God for your followers who so beautifully express their own faith and scriptural understanding. I comment too that I Thank God for the times when I have seen, felt and known His Goodness when what I was thinking would be the outcome I desired did not occur. Surrender , reading of His Word and prayer lead us onward to KNOW His Goodness and Mercy will follow us all the days of lives. Psm 23. We will SEE it…His Way, His Timing. xx F.

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