Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
The opening of our eyes is one of the blessings of being a Christian. God continually works on us. He’s impartial and straight forward. Paul was struck blind after his encounter with Jesus on the road. Later the scales fell off and he could see. More importantly, the eyes of his soul were opened. He knew that he was open to the eyes of God. Our daily prayer should be for our eyes to be open and our vision unclouded. We can see above the clouds and beyond the horizon and know there’s a better city above. Remember the story of Balaam and his donkey. It could see what Balaam could not–an angel with a sword to kill Balaam. The donkey stopped and ran into a wall. It saw the angel because its eyes were opened.
Verse 11 is a caution after the first 10 verses. Israel got into trouble because they didn’t believe. That generation was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. They believed the report of 10 spies instead of the report of Joshua and Caleb, the other two spies. All 12 agreed it was a land of milk and honey BUT. There are no if’s with God. We can count on him. He’s confirmed it by his own oath. Israel has no reason to disbelieve but they closed their eyes to God. Earlier the promise of God opened their eyes and they left Egypt with Moses. BUT then they closed them. Don’t allow anything to close your eyes to believing God. We need to keep the faith. We have all the proof we need.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. We can keep from closing them because of the Word. It is quick–LIVING! The authors of the Declaration of Independence are dead but their words live on today. God is the author of the Bible, so it is the Word of God. He’s alive. His Word is quick, a living supply with the power to get the “sleepy” out of our eyes. Study it every day. It will keep us from getting drowsy and it will identify our sin. It will detect anything wrong or weak. It can separate us from sin. When we were saved it separated us from our sin. Sin had to give us up. God gave us the instrument to keep our eyes open. It is piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Everyone in Adam’s race has a lot to do with God whether they want it or not. All of us will stand before him, saved and lost. God’s eyes never close on us. We should in turn be mindful to him, keeping our eyes open to him as well.
Verses 14-16 say: 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. It is a fearful thing to be under the eyes of God, but it’s also a blessing. We have our Savior. He’s our high priest, our mediator, and our friend. When we fail, we can come boldly to God and find grace to help.
Be watching, not sleeping. Keep your eyes open to see God’s direction. We can do it by the Word of God.