每日诗歌: 数算主恩 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/008.html)
Genesis 33 [Read]
Genesis 34 [Read]
Genesis 35 [Read]
Matthew 11 [Read]
Even at my age, sometimes I still wonder like a kid about why God created us with two eyes but only one mouth. Not only that, mouth has to serve both functions of in-taking (eating) and out-pouring (speaking) while two eyes are mainly for in-taking. There has to be wisdom in such creation.
Seeing means appreciating. Jacob after the ford of the Jabbok was like a different person, and we can tell that from how he talked. When he talked in Gen 33, his words were filled with "God", "grace", and "servant". Granted he was being humbled before Esau for a purpose, but I believe it also showed that he truly appreciated (or SEE) what had been given to him. Even after his daughter was violated, Jacob took it all in without a word (Gen 34:5). Instead of blaming God for what happened, he simply followed God's instruction (Gen 35:1) and went back to Bethel to meet God one more time. There he built another altar for God. Jacob was indeed no longer Jacob, but Israel (Gen 35:10), for he had SEEN God.
This is also what Jesus told the people to do in Matthew 11. If the people truly SAW the works Jesus was doing, they would not have questioned about who he was. If Jews really SAW who John was, they would not have doubted him. If Capernaum really SAW the miracles that were performed, they would have believed in Him. Of course, if they really SAW who Jesus was, they would have come to Him for peace and rest.
Observation leads to appreciation, appreciation leads to being grateful to God, and being grateful to God leads to being gracious to others. This chain reaction is unmistakable, and it all starts from observation, not talking. I believe that's why we were given two eyes but one mouth. We are to observe, so we may SEE. Throughout the book of Ezekiel and Revelation, God kept asking His prophets "what do you SEE" before letting them open their mouth. Let us grow a habit of observing, not just glancing over and quickly jumping to conclusion, but truly SEE the essence of what is coming our way. Do that with your spouse, your family, and everyone you come into contact with. Your life will be changed.
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