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“Eyes Wide Open”

“This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly …who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,

who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open.”

Numbers 24:15-16

When the elders of Moab and Midian were sent to request Balaam to curse the children of Israel, he instead blessed the Israelites three times. However, it’s not the blessings that intrigue me as much as Balaam’s description of himself.

The list includes attributes that I certainly want…his eyes see clearly, he hears the words of God, he has knowledge from the Most High, and he sees a vision from the Almighty. Of course, Balaam makes it clear Who is the source of all these blessings, but I also see an important action HE had to take…Balaam bowed down with eyes wide open.

Most translations describe the action this way…falling down with eyes uncovered or having eyes opened. Either way, there is a connection between what WE do and what GOD gives! Seeing clearly, hearing God’s words, gaining His knowledge, and seeing His visions are blessings bestowed on those who approach God with a humble heart and open eyes.

So, I wonder…Do I come to God with a humble and desperate heart, knowing HE is my only Source? Do I come by faith with my eyes wide open, expecting GOD will help me see clearly?

Oh Father, YOUR words, YOUR knowledge, YOUR vision is all I need.

I humbly come today with my eyes wide open!


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