“Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb… Leah conceived and bore a son,” [29:31-32]. The LORD, moved by Leah’s pitiable condition, opens her womb. Many questions flooded my head as I considered Genesis 29, but one thing resounded loud and clear, it was the LORD Who opened, and as a result, Leah conceived and bore a son. When God opens, it is certain that His handiwork, His will, His purposes will bring forth results.
Consider Him Who Opens
- He Opens eyes and ears blinded by sin: “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped,” [Isaiah 35:5].
- He Opens eyes to the Way of Salvation; “And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness…18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me,’ ” [Acts 26:15-18].
- He Opens the Gates of Righteousness: “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord,” [Psalm 118:19].
- He Opens eyes to behold His Truth: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law,” [Psalm 119:18].
- He Opens minds to understand the Scriptures: “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” [Luke 24:45].
- He Opens eyes of faith to witness His Miraculous Provision: “Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha,” [2 Kings 6:17].
- He Opens prison doors to set the captives free: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,” [Luke 4:18]
- He opens doors that we might share the Gospel: “praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ…” [Colossians 4:13].
- He Opens the blessings of obedience: “and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows,” [Malachi 3:10].
- What He Opens, no one can shut! “He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut,” [Revelations 3:7].
How then shall we respond to Him Who Opens?
Today, let us be intentional to carefully consider what He alone Opens, and personally and honestly examine ourselves for the evidence of our surrender.
- Have our eyes and ears been opened to our need of salvation? “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us,” [1 John 1:8].
- Have we taken His Only Way of Salvation through His Son, Jesus? “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,’ ” [John 14:6].
- Are we relying on our own righteousness to enter His presence, or solely depending, through faith, on His provision, His righteousness? “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,” [Philippians 3:9].
- Do we have a hunger to behold His Truth? “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied,” [Matthew 5:6].
- Are we depending on His Holy Spirit to give us understanding? “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth,” [John 16:13].
- Are we more influenced by what we see with our physical eyes then with our eyes of faith? “Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage,” [2 Corinthians 5:6-8].
- Do we attempt to free ourselves from bondage, or depend on Him to set us free? “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” [Romans 7:24-25].
- Are we asking for boldness to share the Gospel? “and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,” [Ephesians 6:19].
- Are we surrendering to Him in obedience and experiencing His blessings poured out? “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God…” [Deuteronomy 28:2].
- Are we walking in confidence that what He opens, no one can shut? “Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut,” [Revelation 3:8].
The above is by no means an exhaustive list, and perhaps the LORD will open our eyes to see even more! Whatever He reveals, let us be moved to respond in obedience, and be filled with awe and gratitude for Him Who Opens!
Let’s Grow Together!