I have prayed countless times for God to open someone’s blind eyes, to “make darkness light before them and crooked things straight” (Isaiah 35:5, 42:7, 16). I have prayed for seemingly impossible situations to change. But did you know there are spiritual conditions that must be met first? Look at the stories of the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, of Daniel in the lions’ den, of Jesus bearing the cross to Calvary, and of the stoning of Stephen. What do they have in common? Quite a lot! In each instance, God’s servants did two things.
- When confronted with a man-made law that affronted God, they stood their ground, fearing God and obeying Him. If that meant disobeying the man-made law, that’s what they did.
- They submitted to persecution/suffering for the sake of righteousness. This means they submitted to the punishment meted out for disobeying the man-made law. They didn’t try to change the law and they didn’t seek lawyers. Instead, they entrusted themselves to God.
As a result of God’s servants meeting these two conditions, what happened? God intervened! He appeared as the pre-Incarnate Christ to Nebuchadnezzar. He shut the lions’ mouths. On the cross, He victoriously crushed the serpent’s head. And He appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus. Does this mean the lives of God’s servants were spared? For Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel, yes. For Jesus and Stephen, no. But what they prayed and pleaded to God for happened. In an instant, unbelievers’ spiritually blinded eyes were opened and seemingly impossible situations changed.
Do you want the eyes of an unsaved family member or friend to be opened? Do you want an impossible situation to be changed? Then meet God’s conditions!