It’s one thing to “just have your eyes open” – to glance at something… It’s quite another to look closely, to analyze, to appreciate, to grasp or apprehend something. In the first case you simply pass over what is considered usual, ordinary, even rather insignificant, giving it a cursory glance. In the second you see the item as very significant, beautiful, even profound – it’s worth reflection and remembrance!
The truth of God’s word fits the second case… It’s what caused the Psalmist in Psalm 119:18 and 24 to cry out, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law! … Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors!”
The need of grasping the life-changing truth of God’s word caused Apostle Paul to pray that God would give fellow Christians, “The Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of their heart enlightened, so that they may know what is the hope to which He has call you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe… And being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with al the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” (Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:18-19 ESV)
Because of my need to grasp, embrace, and appropriate the Divine truth expressed in Scripture I’ve made it my practice over the years to pray Psalm 119:18 before I enjoy my time of “coffee with the Lord” each day – “OPEN MY EYES, THAT I MAY BEHOLD WONDERFUL THINGS OUT OF YOUR LAW!” I recommend praying it… then pause, slow down and bit, depend on the Holy Spirit’s presence and help, and reflect deeply on what you see and read. It’s life-transforming!!!