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  • Alan Fong

Opened Eyes

Today’s Verse:

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. ~Luke 24:31

Have you ever gone shopping and could not find the item you were looking for? You were in the aisle and searching the shelves for this particular item, but you could not locate it. Then, a sales assistant comes along to point it out, and you said, “How did I miss it? It was right in front of my eyes!” Jesus appeared to Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus. Together, they walked 7.5 miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. During the course of this journey and continuing to the house of Cleopas over a meal, Jesus spoke to them about what happened in Jerusalem and what the Scriptures had to say about Him. For all that afternoon and early evening, “they did not see it.” At the right moment, the Lord opened their eyes. These two disciples thought, “How did we miss him? He was right in front of our eyes.” When we give the Lord our undivided attention, He opens our eyes to see things that we need to change in our lives.

He opens our eyes to our ignorance.

“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” The Lord has to open our eyes to see how slow we are to understand and believe His Word. We can be ignorant to God’s will for our life because we did not carefully read His Word or give heed to commandments that we should be familiar with. He called them “fools” because they should have known what the prophets had spoken, but they did not. He said that they were slow of heart to believe because they tended to be skeptical and unbelieving.

He opens our eyes to our immaturity.

The Lord shows us that we have a lot of growing that we need to do. For some of us, we need to transition from just eating the milk of the Word and start eating the meat of the Word. Spiritually immature believers cannot discern between evil and good. They have a difficult time understanding how God works through trials. Then, some of us need to learn to put away childish things. Foremost is being immature in our attitude and spirit. Signs of immaturity are holding grudges, being easily offended, being emotional hearers of the word, and having to be coddled where someone else has to do things for us when we should be doing thin