Praying For Enlightenment

Eph 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling…

In speaking and his entire writings, Paul uses the word “feel” only 4 times but “know/knowledge” around 200 times. In this 2nd point to the Ephesians, he prays that they may “know” the hope of His calling. It is with these alone that we discern the things of God: being first opened, and then enlightened by His Spirit.

Those who know don’t have to see to believe, or feel to know the assurance they have is that Christ in them, the hope of glory (Col 1:27). We therefore don’t see to believe, we believe that we might see.

We may feel like He is fast asleep in the boat, but the comfort we all need is that Christ the Son of God, God Himself can never drown. This knowledge informs the heart to believe. The ship that has Christ in it, though it may be tossed, cannot sink. The bush that has God in it, though it may burn, shall not consume. The furnace heated 7 times cannot consume His children if He is the 4th man in the fire with them. That is “know” over “feel”. I would align assurance, confidence, faith side by side with hope. Hope is the expectation of good. There is a hope in this calling; for those who deal with God deal upon trust.