Ephesians 1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…
The phrase that grabbed my attention this morning is “with the eyes of your heart enlightened…”. The heart, as used in this passage, is the part of the body where our life compass resides. Two things to note about the heart:
1. v.18 speaks of the eyes of the heart becoming “enlightened”. In other words, we are not born with a heart that can see/discern the will and purposes of God. On our own, our hearts are “blind”.
2. v.17 tells us that it is God the Father that gives us “a spirit of wisdom and revelation”. The ability to see with the heart is a gift of God’s grace.
There is a seminarian I mentor as part of his overall development process, which we hope will lead to his ordination and service in the Lutheran church as a pastor. We’ve only met a few times so far, but it’s clear there are a number of substantial challenges he faces in the church he helps to lead.
One of the questions I’ve put to him is, “How might this situation look differently seen through the eyes of God?”. In other words, sometimes our struggles are actually opportunities in disguise – opportunities for us to grow as leaders, or for the community we lead to grow, or both.
Where do you need the “eyes of the heart” right now? Are there areas of your life that just don’t make sense? Or perhaps you’re struggling with an important decision of some sort? Ask for the Lord to give you a “spirit of wisdom and revelation” – to see things as God sees them.
Lord, we realize that we are born blind in many ways. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might see and disern your will for our lives. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.