I slipped on my new pair of eyeglasses and was amazed at what I could now clearly see. Over the years my distance vision had slowly deteriorated so that I did not even notice how much I was missing when I looked around me. Now with corrective lenses I could clearly discern what was in front of me.

It made me think about how my spiritual vision can become so clouded that I cannot discern the things of God. If I am not vigilant, this world can fog up my view so that I cannot clearly see the Kingdom of God at work. It is exactly what Jesus taught his disciples in Luke 8:10, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand (NIV)'” Which was a reference to Isaiah 6:9.

In Luke 8, Jesus explains the meaning of the parable he has just told to the crowd of people gathered to hear him. Jesus describes all the ways that Satan can steal the word of God from us: “…takes away the word from their hearts (verse 12); …in the time of testing they fall away (13); …and choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures (14).” If we lose sight of the word of God for the reasons Jesus lists above, we will not be able persevere and act on it in order to be fruitful for The Lord.

My prayer is that your vision of God’s purpose in your life will remain clear and in focus; that the word of God will continue to work in your heart and not fall prey to the deceit of the evil one. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”