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Spider Web

This morning began the start of the battle with the spider, which happens every year around this time. For some reason, the spiders love to construct a web right where I will walk. Every single day. As I always leave first, I am the “victim” who either walks straight into the web or has the not-so-great task of knocking down the web. Every time I encounter the spider web, I feel like I have a spider crawling on me. This thought does not leave my head for some time.  The hardest thing about the spider battle is today, the first day. I could not see the web. I did not expect it to be there. But now I will have my eyes open and I’ll be prepared for this web season.

Jesus said that He came into the world so that those who do not see may see. The people were spiritually blind, and many are still today. Jesus came to open eyes to Truth. He is Truth. In John 18:37, Jesus responds to Pilate: “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true” (NLT).

Today, if your eyes are open to the Truth, if you have received Jesus Christ, spend some time in God’s Word. Allow His Spirit to guide you, to open your eyes to things you may not have once understood—to see things and glean things in a new way. Remember as well, that there are many spiritual blind people today, people in great need of Truth. Shine a light on the Truth. Live Truth. Speak Truth. Walk in Truth so that by your example, people may come to know He Who is Truth.

“Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’” – John 9:39 [ESV]

“I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.” – Isaiah 42:6-7 [NASB]

 

As Precious As Sight

When I was young, I remember my grandfather always telling me about the need to take care of my eyes. Even after he went to be with the Lord, my grandmother reminded me of this important need. I’ll admit that sometimes we take advantage of our sight; we don’t realize how important it is to our lives. I certainly felt the absence of sight when I had an eye injury a few years back.

In Proverbs, it says, “My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!” Did you catch that? AS PRECIOUS. Do you consider God’s Word, His teaching, what He has to say to you as precious as your eye sight? Do you realize the importance? Long ago the Jewish people would tie the Word to themselves. Today I write verses on my hand and get scolded because it doesn’t look very professional. But in both cases, it is about keeping God’s Word close—it’s about trying to remember everything He says so you can live it out.

Your relationship with God is the most precious relationship you can and will ever have, if you take the opportunity to have one. His teaching, His Word, therefore should be most precious to you. I remember back when I would read my Bible when it suited me, when it fit in with my plans, when I needed something out of it, or just to say I did it. I thank God that today I am a different Tania; today I cannot go a day without reading His Word. Every morning. Every lunch break. Every evening. I have to read it. I want to read it. I need to read it. It is as precious as my eye sight. I pray it is the same for you.

“Dear friend, do what I tell you;
treasure my careful instructions.
Do what I say and you’ll live well.
My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!
Write it out on the back of your hands;
etch it on the chambers of your heart.
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister.
Treat Insight as your companion.
They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress—
that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.”

-Proverbs 7:1-5 [MSG]

 

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Believe Without Seeing

As I was taking a morning walk, I heard a voice say, “Hello.” I responded with a “hello” and continued walking forward.  Then the voice asked, “How are you doing?” I answered that I was “well” and then crossed the street.  I had looked to my left to see who I was speaking with but I did not see anyone anywhere. I turned to look across the street. No one there. I turned around. No one there. Who was I talking to?

I have no idea where the person was that I was speaking to but I know someone was there. I couldn’t see anyone. But I believe. This reminded me of when Jesus said, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” We do not always see things but we still believe.

We spend a lot of time needing proof for everything. We must know it all. We must see it all. Sometimes we need only believe. Believe with childlike faith. Today, what is hindering you? What is keeping you from believing?

“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’” – John 20:29 [NLT]

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