Thursday, 30 June 2011
Open my eyes
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. – Psalm 119v18
‘Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear…’ I thought about this morning on my walk as I was listening to the ’60 Minutes’ podcast. This particular segment dealt with homeless children in America. The story was bad enough, but it started me thinking about just how tough things are all over the world if 25% of America’s children will soon be homeless.
There are not many ‘wondrous’ things to see around us. Dr Seuss reminded us, ‘It’s a troublesome world and the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute.’ As usual, Dr Seuss got it right. Though we live in a beautiful world and have been provided for so well, it has been pretty much wrecked by wicked people.
So we are not going to find much to call wondrous in the newspapers, on the telly, or on the internet. Why is it then that we spend so much time there?
The psalmist prayed ‘open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law.’ With all of the information around us today it is easy enough to neglect the one certain source of wonder. We have a source that will never fail us. When we approach God’s word we must do so with the psalmist’s attitude – ‘Open my eyes today Lord. Please show me the wondrous truths in Your words!’ It is there where we need to focus our hearts. Instead of looking at the visible stuff that is so obvious and temporal we need to look at the wonders of God revealed in His word. These are the eternal invisible things that must control our daily walk and attitude.