Those of you who are fans and watch the TV series “Friday Night Lights” as soon as you read the title of this post immediately this quote “clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose” from the series popped into your head. I want to focus in on the part of the quote that says “clear eyes.”
In Acts 9, we find a man named Saul who was on his way to Damascus on a mission to imprison, persecute, and kill Christians when he has an encounter with Jesus. Saul gets knocked off his horse and blinded. Right after this happens, we find an interesting statement in verse eight. It says “Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.”
In life, just like Saul, our eyes are open but we see nothing. Instead of seeing what God sees in our life, we see what others see in our life. Instead of seeing the positive, we see the negative. Instead of seeing how big our God is, we see how big our circumstance is. Instead of seeing that God is for us, we see all the things that come against us. Our eyes are open, but we see nothing.
In 2 Kings 6, we find a conversation between Elisha and his servant. Elisha’s servant comes running to him in order to inform Elisha that the city is surrounded by a vast army. Elisha’s response in verse 16 and 17 is “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” Elisha prayed that God would open his servant’s eyes in order that he might truly see. His eyes were open, but he couldn’t see the truth of the situation. Because of what the servant chose to focus on, he couldn’t see what was really going on. There is a quote that says “It’s amazing what you will see when you chose what not to look at.” In other words, when our eyes are opened and we are determined not to look at our situation; we will see things that otherwise we wouldn’t have seen before.
In Matthew 13, Jesus says this to His disciples about the crowds “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (See Matthew 13:13) Have you ever seen someone who sleeps with their eyes open? It’s pretty creepy. Although their eyes are open, they are unaware of what is going on around them. This is what Jesus was saying about the crowds. Their eyes were open, but they were sleeping. They were unaware of what was happening around them. They couldn’t see what was truly going on because of their selfish ambitions. This is exactly what happens to us. Because of our selfish desires and lack of focus, our eyes might be open, but we see nothing.
So how do we start to see what we are suppose to see? The author of Hebrews lets us know how in chapter 12. This is what he writes “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (See Hebrews 12:1-2) In order for us to see, we must eliminate all other distractions that grab hold of our attention and fix our eyes on Jesus. Because if your eyes are on Jesus then you will be able to see all that you need. If your eyes are on Jesus, you will see what God sees. If your eyes are on Jesus, they will be clear.
After 3 days, Saul eventually regains his sight. When he does, it says scales fell off of his eyes. Let the scales fall off of your eyes and fix your eyes on Jesus, so that you will have clear eyes.