Summary: Paul says we have eyes in our understading.
Peek-A-Boo by Gerald Van Horn
Text. Ephesians 1:15-21.
If you have ever had the experience of raising children you know they demand a lot of attention. They need feeding and changing. Also sooner or later they need to be entertained. You can play a little game with them to get them to giggle. It’s called peek-a-boo. You cup your hands over your eyes and take your hands away and say “Peek-a-boo.” Soon they learn the trick and peek-a-boo you back. There is nothing sweeter than a laughing child. Eye contact is very important. To play religious peek-a-boo can be a dangerous game for adults. I Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” There is vast difference to see with the natural eye as apposed to seeing with the yes of our understanding. Paul makes this destinction. He has a valid point. There is another vision inside of us often over looked.
Uncle Charlie was totally blind. This back in the 1900s. He would hitch up the horse and wagon. The only transportation that we had back then. He would do this all by himself with no help. It always amazed me. He would head for the grocery store. Of course back then there was no cars hardly on the rod. I believe the horse knew where they were to go and not going. He always made the trip by himself. He didn’t need any help. He always brought back some gum home and he always gave me some. That is why I remember it so vividly. He had an inner sense of seeing.
1. Paul says you and I have eyes of understanding. Who would have ever thought that our understanding had eyes? Paul says so! These eyes are very beneficial to us. We must understand that he is referring to a special insight that all believers have. Our natural eyes can deceive us. We look at others who are faring better than we are and become jealous of them. However, we do not know what process they went through to get to where they are.
It is far better to look with our understanding and not be envious of them.
2. We can also become judgmental by looking with our natural eyes. This leads to pride and arrogance. We begin to think we are better than others. The Pharisees in New Testament felt they were far superior to others. Jesus had harsh words for them. He was being totally honest for their hearts were very deceptive. If we look with the eyes of our understanding we will not be so judgmental.
There is really no need for you to be jealous and judgmental. The Lord has provided all things for His children. Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the Lord, maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow.” Galatians 3:6-9 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness, Know ye, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying In thee shall all nations be blessed. So, then they who are of faith are blessed with Abraham.”
Look at what our text promises:
1) That ye may know what is the hopeof his calling
2) That you may know the riches of the glory of his inheritance.
3) What is the exceeding greatness of his power toward all saints.
4) That Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for you.
Let us pray: Father in heaven reveal Your blessings to all who trust in you. It is your will that we might obtain the help that we so desperately need. Bless your people. Free them from being judgmental and jealous of one another. Open the eyes of their understanding. In Jesus name. Amen