“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know…” Ephesians 1:17-18
Seeing with the eyes of your understanding is like having night vision. You can see what cannot normally be seen and few there be that do see it. Night vision gives you a huge advantage when things are dark. For what it’s worth, I believe in many ways we are approaching the midnight hour. There is much darkness all around, but God has given you night vision. He has given you a second set of eyes to see into the spiritual realm.
To help you see correctly, Paul prayed that God would give unto us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. This morning I saw joy with the eyes of my understanding, the eyes of my imagination. I saw a future joy that is set before me for accomplishment that is still off in the future. And today, I began to pull that future joy into the present. Just like Isaiah told the barren woman to do. He said, “Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says the LORD.” He is telling the barren woman to rejoice.
How much sense does that make? Lots if you’re seeing with the eyes of your understanding, the eyes of your imagination, the eyes that see what can be, what should be, what in fact will be if you reach out in faith and pull the future into the present. The barren woman was told to rejoice as though she had more children than the married wife. Experience the thrill, the joy, the explosion of sheer happiness now as if it were manifest now. Start rejoicing in your deliverance now. Start rejoicing in your breakthrough now. Don’t put off the rejoicing unless you also would like to delay or slow down or put off the breakthrough.
When you begin to practice seeing with your night vision goggles, (the eyes of your understanding, the eyes of your imagination illuminated by His Spirit), it’s a whole new day. A whole nuther world! A whole new realm of possibilities. Your natural eyes which you depend so heavily on are extremely limited. Think about it! They can only see what is in proximity to your body. But the eyes of your understanding can see souls getting saved in China, nations being transformed in Central America, people groups coming to Christ by the thousands all over the world. All without leaving your living room.
Those eyes can see solutions to problems challenging you now. They can see provision where others only see lack. They can see open doors where others only see closed doors. They can see favor when others can only imagine rejection. Start using your spiritual eyes to see what God sees. Exercise the eyes of your understanding. Pray Ephesians 1:17-23 daily. I wish I could be with you all right now. I have so much to say and so little space to say it. Thank you for bearing with me as I struggle to put on paper what I see with my night vision. Blessings on you all.