But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
When His children in Egypt cried out to Him, God sent a man named Moses to bring hope, and deliverance to them. The hearts of the people rejoiced and they bowed in worship to Yahweh who had heard their cry and answered.
The day finally came when, laden with new found wealth, and with heads held high, the Children of Israel proudly stepped out into their breakthrough.
They soon realized, however, that it was not what they were expecting. Their breakthrough came with a wilderness experience dogged with numerous tests along the way.
God, however, was with them and they experienced the miracles at the Red Sea, and beheld the destruction of the army of the greatest nation on earth at the time. They saw the manifested presence of God on Mount Sinai and heard His voice. God also gave them victory over their many enemies.
Still the people continued to walk in fear, each time questioning God’s ability to provide even though He did so repeatedly.
Moses was to later state to the second generation of the exodus, “Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day” (Deu. 29:4). According to Romans 11:8, God gave them a spirit of stupor, or slumber.
Like the Israelites, Job too went through his time testing. At the start, he was submissive, stating that the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. “Blessed be the name of the Lord”. However, after months of agony, he began to question God’s justice against him. In his own eyes, Job was a righteous and faithful man. He was unaware of the fact that he was walking with a spirit of pride.
Job’s reaction however, when God challenged him was different from that of the Children of Israel. In the end his confession was, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You”. Job 42:5. Job’s experience was not wasted.
The ability to perceive and understand God’s blessings comes from Him through the person of the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist in Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law.”
May we receive the gift of sight today, so we can see Him, and “the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. Where there is sin in our lives, may we be able to see it and repent so that the work of God can be accomplished within us.
Prayer: Today I pray Ephesians 1:17-18 for God’s servants: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, Amen