I love the cartoons when a character learns or realizes something and a light bulb turns on over their head. It is when something finally comes into understanding. God does that for us. He turns on the light bulbs. He gives us wisdom.
Here are two different versions of the same verse:
Ephesians 1:18 HCSB
I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,
Ephesians 1:18 NLT
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
The Apostle Paul prayed that someone would be able to see past their perception. He prayed that they would be enlightened. I love the phrase “flooded with light”. God helps us see what we cannot see on our own. He opens our minds and our hearts to the things that only He can do. Folks, that is faith at work. Faith helps us see past human thinking and seeing to divine thinking and seeing.
I want to see as God sees. I did not say that I want to be like God or that I am like God. What I said was that I want to be able to see. Can you imagine not having to guess about things when making decisions or knowing what the future knows? God knows everything. Therefore, following God makes sense. He sees further. He leads us further. He knows it all. He leads us in ways and to places that we cannot go without Him.
There is power in perspective. I believe that God wants His church to attempt things that we cannot do without Him. I believe that God desires to demonstrate His goodness and His grace to the world, yet our human perception and our small thinking keep us from seeing God and helping others see God.
As a leader and a pastor I have to see further. I desire to lead a great group of people to be who God called them to be and to attempt things that only God can help them do. There is faith at work. There is God given perception. There are our hearts big time flooded with light.
Walk into a place that is dark and at one moment have all the lights, and I mean bright lights, turned on at the same time. It almost blinds you. Your eyes have to adjust. Notice as you walk out of a well lit room and into a dark places that after a little while your eyes begin to adjust, and you are able to see even though it is somewhat dark.
There you have it. That is how God gives us His perception. He takes us when we cannot see or have trouble seeing and helps us to see. Often it takes a little time, it takes patience on our part, and it takes trusting God. There is power in perception that God gives us.
May God flood our understanding with His incredible light so that we see and we help others see the greatness and the grace of our God.
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.