Inspired by Ephesians 1:17-19
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.” Ephesians 1:17-19 (NRSV)
What we believe about the world affects how we see the world. People who look around and see the positive side of things will see the glass half full, while those who tend to dwell on the negative will see that same glass half empty.
Given the current state of the world, it’s easy to look around and see what’s wrong. Millions of people suffer needlessly each day from poverty, injustice, abuse, illness, and violence. And when we try to imagine what we personally can do to change it, it seems as though the situation is hopeless.
However, when we have received a spirit of wisdom and revelation from God the Father, we are able to look at the world through the eyes of hope. Rather than looking at the misery of the world, we begin to see that there are already those working to alleviate that misery. We see how we can help. And instead of seeing victims and perpetrators, we see people, all of whom are trying to make their way in this sinful and fallen world, just like us. We begin to see that while we can’t change systems, we can work to change individual hearts, and every system is dependent upon individuals with hearts. Change for the better is possible after all, when we have come to know the immeasurable greatness of the Father of glory.
Let us pray. God of hope, you are still working in the world to bring hope and healing to those who suffer. Enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may participate in your compassionate efforts to change hearts and lives for the better. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.