My husband and are blessed to have the opportunity to paint the inside of a vacant house. The owners requested ceilings, walls & trim in all rooms (3 bedrooms, living, dining, kitchen, bath, entry, and hallway), be painted all the same color – off white. Each room had a unique color (grey, lavender, tan, burgundy) and have required two coats of paint to cover.
While painting we have the radio on tuned to one of the local Christian stations. Today I heard the song “Give Me Your Eyes” and it struck my heart. These are some of the lyrics:
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
We are almost to Yom Teruah (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1) or the Day of Blowing and I have been searching my heart during the month of Elul. The lyrics listed above are my heart’s desire.
Abba, give me YOUR eyes so I can see EVERYTHING I keep missing. I have missed so much by focusing on self. Give me YOUR love for humanity. I have been judgmental and not extending the same grace I have received. Give me YOUR arms for the broken-hearted. I need to have more compassion. Give me YOUR heart for the ones forgotten. Who have I forgotten?
As I walked through the house from each freshly painted room to the next, I realized the inside of this house has a “new start”. The blemishes have been scraped away, holes filled in, scuff marks scrubbed off, and everything covered with white. Each room looks clean and without blemish.
Isaiah 1:16-18 16 NASB “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Song of Songs 4:7 NASB 7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.
I, too, have a new start! Abba has allowed me to see the roughness and imperfections in my heart so I can repent and be clean! Hallelujah!
Ya’acov (James) describing the importance of actually doing God’s word, not just hearing. When the Hebrew people received the Torah at Sinai, they declared with one voice, “We will hear and obey.” In their declaration they were acknowledging the importance of doing and not just hearing.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
(James 1:19-21, NKJV)
Too often we are grace of God covers all of our sloppiness when it comes to hearing and doing his Word. The truth is we are directly affecting our ability to draw near to God when we are not obedient to his word.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)