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So after another two week hiatus I’m back. Vacation is nice, but it also kind of gets me off schedule and undisciplined. Hopefully being back at work and on a regular schedule will help me be more disciplined about this blog and about my own spiritual walk as well. Which leads me to a verse I read today as I was doing my devotions this morning. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18).

The verse struck me for a few reasons today and hopefully it will strike you as well. The first thing I noticed was the first part of the verse which says “Open my eyes.” Now if you think about it, this is a strange thing to say. The act of opening eyes is a personal one. When I wake up in the morning, my wife does not need to force my eyes open in order for me to see for the day. But rather I manage to it by myself. So I found it interesting that the Psalmist would make a request that his eyes be opened.

And in these three simple words I think we find a profound Biblical truth. The opening of our eyes, (or in this sense, the ability to see and feel as God does, or to understand God and His ways more), is something we cannot hope to do ourselves. This is not something modern ears likes to hear. We have been taught that we can do anything through hard word, dedication, education, teamwork or whatever other value your culture or society has emphasized.

However, the truth of this verse and of the entire Bible is that we are unable to save or help ourselves. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). The opening of our eyes is a passive act. Jesus does the work. This amazing truth, when truly understood, cannot only help you understand Christianity as it is meant to be, but can also help you better understand and overcome sin in your life.

The problem most of us have with our sin, (arrogance, lust, covetousness, jealousy, pride, anger, selfishness, greed, you name it), is that we feel like if we work hard at it and just persevere, we can overcome it on our own. This is not Biblical and not from Jesus. This is modern American culture creeping into the Church yet again. The truth about your sin is that you cannot overcome. You are not good enough or strong enough to be able to. Rather, you need to call out for help to the One who is wholly able to save, cleanse and overcome. Rather that put your chin up or grit your teeth and bare it, why not try to humbly fall down and cry out for help?

Which leads to the second part of the verse mentioned above. The Psalmist describes the Law of God as “wondrous.” Now when many look at the statues and laws God has set forth, “wondrous” is the last thing to come to mind. Harsh, cruel, strict, impossible, unfair, ancient, useless, and boring may be some that more readily come up, but rarely do people describe God’s Law as “wondrous.”

And again, this is because we have stained lenses through which we view God’s perfect law. It is not God’s law that is off, it’s us. God’s law is not out of date or repressive, rather we are rebellious and will look for any claim we can against perfection. However, there can be no claims made against perfection, so we start to manifest them based on our own failings rather than scriptural, perfect truth.

For example, maybe I read Matthew 5:44 which says “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” and think to myself, “Self, there is no way you can or should follow this verse. I mean, just think of how badly your enemies have treated you. They are in the wrong, not you. To love and pray for them would be to overlook their offense.”

Now you may not have this exact train of thought, but I can imagine many of you have had something like it. We feel like our circumstance somehow makes us void from the Law of God. We think that if God really knew my situation He would understand my anger. He would be ok with it. Once we have this thought, we have decided we would rather keep our eyes closed with scales and view God’s Law through our lenses rather than try to view our life and situation through the perfect lens of God’s Law.

So my advise to all of us this week is to cry out for help. Stop trying to open your own eyes, but instead humbly throw yourself at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to help. Cry out that He would save you. Cry out that He would heal your wounds. Cry out that He would help you defeat some sin in your life. Then be amazed at how wondrous He truly is and at how wondrous His Law is. Open our eyes Lord Jesus.

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