You Cannot Unsee It
Remember the picture where there is the outline of the old woman and young woman. The test is to see if you can see both women. For so long, no matter how many times I stared at the picture, all I could see was the old woman in the picture until one day someone showed me where the young woman was. Since that time, I cannot unsee either of them. I have often wondered why I could not see it before thus as it is when the Lord reveals something to you which you have been blind to previously.
Psalm 146:8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [b] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The Lord opens our eyes to parts of scripture in different seasons and times and in this season, God has been revealing things to me, things which I now cannot unsee. All of God’s revelations are meant to draw us closer to the Him, to refine us, to remove any impurities in us. If we look back at the Deuteronomy scripture, I believe we can find a few things which we can all apply to our lives today.
First, we must be saved. Our own salvation is the most important major decision we will make and likewise is the best example our children will have. We are saved through faith alone, by grace alone, in Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Once you are saved, then God’s command is to love Him with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your might Deuteronomy 6:5 You cannot proceed onto the next commandments in the scripture without doing this first. All is used repeatedly here in the scripture. Very simply put yet repeated multiple times to emphasize that God wants everything and every part of our lives. Mark 8:35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Secondly, we must diligently teach to our children, talk of them when we sit in our homes, and walk by the way and we lie down and when we rise. Deuteronomy 6:7. Diligence is characterized by a steady, earnest, and energetic effort, a carefully constant detailed effort in doing something. Other versions of the Bible state diligence as; To whet and sharpen them to make them penetrate, to teach and impress (AMPC). Repeat them again and again to your children (NLT). Impressing god’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths. (AMP). I realize this is a multitude of definitions, but the Lord wants to impress upon the importance of diligence in this area of our life. Raising our children to love and serve the Lord is not something that will happen by coincidence. It is also not the responsibility of the leaders and Pastors of the Church. It is our responsibility as parents to diligently instruct our children in our homes and when we walk by the wayside. That is in throughout the day from morning to evening. God has given us children to steward for His glory. What will we achieve if we gain the others in the world but lose our own children to the world?
Lastly, we must bind them as a sign on your hand and the frontlets between your eyes. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:8-9. I do not think the Lord is talking in the literal sense. I believe the Lord is speaking more to keeping His commandments so ingrained in us that you cannot separate our own actions from them. The Lord’s commands must be always right before our eyes and all things filtered through them. Every decision, action, everything. In addition, the Lord should be so engrained in each of us that others would be able to see Him in us and in our literal homes. That the spirit of the Lord would rest in our homes. We can place visual reminders in our homes to honor the Lord.
Just as the song Amazing Grace so beautifully written states; I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.