"Fix Your Eyes on the Unseen, Hidden Things"
Biblical Month of Tammuz 5781 = Thursday night, June 10 - Friday night, July 9, 2021.
of the Eyes"
Welcome to Tammuz! This fourth month of the Hebrew year depicts a door which swings wide into a favorite season for many...the season of summer! Summer, or "kaitz" in Hebrew, is often referred
to as the "holiday of the eyes." We will see how this expression depicts this month as we cross over its threshold.
Everywhere we look this month, we see the Lord focusing on our vision. Why is He so adamant
about where we put our eyes? "The eye is the lamp of the body; so then, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness..." (Matt. 6:22-23). He knows our gaze will either lead to
worship or idolatry.
It was in Tammuz when Israel lost their patience and focus while waiting for Moses to return from Mt. Sinai, and subsequently made the infamous golden calf (Ex. 32). They sought immediate
comfort and took their eyes off the Lord. When Moses returned, he could not believe his eyes. He smashed the tablets and destroyed the golden calf.
Quick fixes and idols in our lives enslave us.
Once idols are exposed and destroyed, we can redirect our eyes and hearts to worship the One, True and Living God.
Fix Your Eyes on the Unseen
how do we guard these eyes of ours that often get us into a lot of trouble? It actually starts in our hearts: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Prov. 4:23). Our eyes take in things and deposit them into our hearts. All
the issues of our lives flow from our hearts. When we seek His help to guard or "hide" our eyes in this "hidden" month of Tammuz, we actually guard our hearts. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:21).
The Lord calls us to fix our eyes on the unseen or hidden things. One definition of the word "Tammuz" is hidden. "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Cor.
How Do We See Hidden Things?
Jesus said, "...Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed" (John 20:29). How do we see hidden things?
His Word tells us that when we turn to the Lord, the "veil" is removed from our eyes – from our hearts (2 Cor. 3:16). As we turn our eyes to Jesus, He enables us to "see" things we could never see with our natural eyes. He opens the eyes of the blind
(Ps. 146:8). His perfect light exposes hidden things in our lives that we "just don't see." When He reveals...He heals. He is better than any eye doctor I know (Eph. 1:18)!
I can't help but think of when
you remove a pair of eyeglasses to clean them and suddenly realize how dirty they were. You thought you were seeing clearly, but when you take time to wipe them off, you see better than before!
take time this month to stop and look at our lives, frame by frame, holding up each section of our lives to the light of His truth and allowing Him to bring clarity so we can make adjustments.
Lord highlights our right hand and its index finger, which is actually connected with our vision. How so? When we point our finger at something, we are directing one's attention and focus in that direction. The Jews have a beautiful wedding tradition underscoring
this point. The bride wears her wedding band on her right index finger which directs her gaze to her bridegroom. How much more does the Bride of Christ need that reminder...to fix her gaze on her heavenly Bridegroom, Yeshua.
"Between the Straits"
Tammuz also means to connect. This is a time where He brings us from one large expanse into another. He does this by taking us through a narrow, protective place. A connection
to consider this month is the biblical, three-week "connecting" period called "Between the Straits." This place of the straits is not a place where God withholds things from us, but is a place where He reminds us of our greatest asset, His presence. May our
hands be raised in worship and eyes fixed on Him as we move through the straits, for it is a protected, transformational passage of time that will bless us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.
the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matt. 7:14)
So where is your gaze? Are you using your spiritual eyes or natural ones? Are you beholding Him
or have you grown impatient and turned to a golden calf? Ask Him to reveal any idols you may have erected in your life. How can you practically guard your heart? Ask Him to give you His eyes to see the unseen. Look closely at your connections this month and
prayerfully consider your "handshakes." Be aware of this divine connecting time "Between the Straits" and may your eyes ever be upon Him (Ps. 25:15).
By Christine Vales
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321