Blind and deaf, Helen Keller once said, “I who am blind can give one hint to those who can see: Use your eyes as if tomorrow you were stricken blind.”

As Christians, we continually have to ask God to open our eyes to the spiritual world. We’re often like the servant in 2 Kings who trembled at the sight of the Syrian army. Elisha, the man of faith, asked the Lord to open his eyes. When they were opened, the servant not only saw the Syrian army, but also the host of flaming chariots surrounding them, ready to defend God’s people.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and afraid at the circumstances of life, and it’s a natural human reaction. That’s why we need a daily infusion of the Holy Spirit’s energy and His illumination to help us see reality. Our earthly vision extends only to the problems we encounter, but Heavenly vision sees God’s awesome and unlimited power, ready to act on our behalf.

It is interesting that the Syrian army didn’t just vanish from sight — neither do our troubles. But a fresh glance at God’s power gives us energy to take on the challenges before us.

Before you begin your day, let this be your prayer: “God, open my eyes.”

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder