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Insight and Sight

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, "Ask what I shall give thee. . . Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad?"  1 Kings 3:5-9 KJV

I thank God for my sight.

I also thank God for my insight. I received both from Him. Since my sight is good, I don’t need to ask God for better sight. But I do pray daily for more insight. I ask for wisdom and understanding. I ask God to explain His Word to me and then to help me explain it to others. I read God’s Word with my sight, but insight comes from God.

When God spoke to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for whatever he wanted, he asked for insight.

Insight comes from within. With insight, we see the meaning of things. With our eyes we have sight, but with our heart we have insight.

Jesus gave His disciples insight or understanding of Scripture. This insight is also called spiritual understanding or illumination.

The Holy Spirit illumines or gives understanding to believers. We read the Word, but we cannot understand it without spiritual insight. Spiritual truth can only be comprehended by those who’ve been born-again and whose spiritual faculties have been made alive by God.

Just as we need physical light for our sight, so we need spiritual light for our insight. We can have sight without insight, but we can also have insight without sight if we have access to the Word of God. Those with sight only see world-changing events and consider them insignificant, but those with insight see the significance of those events and God’s eternal plan being fulfilled.

Jesus often rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith and insight or discernment. That’s because faith is the prerequisite for insight. We must believe before we see.

Blind Bartimaeus received his sight through faith in Jesus. We receive insight the same way. Natural sight is precious, but limited. Spiritual insight is more precious and only limited by our faith. We should pray for more spiritual insight.

Insight gives us the meat of God’s Word and helps us understand the will and way of God our Father. Will you ask God for spiritual insight?

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James Cagle

James H. Cagle has been preaching and getting the Word out since 1982. He has pastored for twelve years. He now writes for twelve newspapers weekly. He has published three books and is working on several others. James spent four years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1980 as a sergeant. He grew up in Bemiss, Georgia, and graduated from Lowndes High in 1975. He currently resides in Nashville, Georgia.