“Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see. Who is blind but My servant, or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? Seeing many things, but you do not observe; opening the ears, but he does not hear.” (Is. 42:18-20)
Oh, for eyes to see and ears to hear! Isaiah 42:18-20 breaks my heart. I don’t want to live my life on the fringes of revelation, groping around in the dark trying to find some word of truth. My eyes must be open!
Isaiah was referring to Israel in verses 18-20; however, he could have said much of the same to American Christians. We close our eyes because we do not wish to see. Spiritual sight is paradoxically opposed to Christian comfort.
The prophet Elisha was able to cry out for his servant, “Open his eyes that he may see” because he had cultivated seeing in his own life. I want the same anointing–but what does that look like? In a word, pursuit.
Even though he was a man with the heart of the Father, King David still cried out, “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18). He recognized that the “lamp to [his] feet” (v. 105) was no help to him if he could not see it.
We are a generation desperate for revelation, and we’re running out of time. I believe we are entering the final period in human history before the return of Jesus to the planet. As a result, we are beginning to see an acceleration in the human depravity. Our response must be a related acceleration in faith. Like King David, we must begin asking the Holy Spirit to open our eyes; and we must be persistent in our request.
One of my favorite quotes from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is from Aragorn when he and Gandalf are trying to convince King Theoden to go to war instead of fleeing to Helm’s Deep.
Theoden: I will not risk open war.
Aragorn: Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.
Spiritually, we are in a similar position. Open war is upon us. If we retreat to the fortress of old church programs–the way things have always been–without seeking the life of the Holy Spirit upon them, we will not survive. It may be in ten years or in fifty, but an increase of polarization of Christianity will come, and the love of many will grow cold. We must pray now for eyes open to what He is doing.