“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“To Open Their Eyes”
(Please read Acts 26:12-20)
For three days after his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road, Saul of Tarsus was blind. During those three days he must have thought often about the Lord’s plan for sending him to the Gentiles “to open their eyes.”
Saul had been blind in another way, for a long time. Blinded by his stubborn conception of God’s will, he had refused to see the divinity of Christ and had vigorously persecuted Christians, causing many to be thrown into prison because of their faith.
It is no wonder, then, that the first requirement of Saul’s mission to the Gentiles was to open their eyes. This is the first requisite for anybody who wants to assess intelligently an idea, philosophy or doctrine. Most of the world’s political and religious ills result from people’s failure to open their eyes. Enslavement of either kind, political or religious, can take place only when people are subtly attacked on their blind side.
A natural effect of opening people’s eyes was “to turn them from darkness to light.” To a blind man it probably makes little or no difference whether he is in a dark place or a light one. Give him the ability to see, though, and he will want light. So it is with the truths of the Bible. Shut your eyes to their beauty and their meaning, and you will be content to remain in the darkness of ignorance and misunderstanding regarding religious matters. Open your eyes and you will want to seek more of “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:4, NAS).