Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Jesus tells His disciples that they have been blessed by their experiences, and that others wanted to see and hear what they had but were unable to do so. Is Jesus saying that God withholds His blessing from some people? Not exactly.
Obviously God can do whatever He wants, but we know He is loving and just. God doesn’t do things based on emotion or whims. He wouldn’t keep His gifts from anyone just because He “feels like it”. Those are human failings, and God doesn’t fail. His love and blessings are intended for everyone, but we must confess God as Lord and accept those blessings. It’s not enough to just want them.
Jesus mentions powerful people, kings and prophets, those who often count on their own strength rather than relying on God. The lesson here is that we must turn to God, placing His desires for us over our own. When we have this wonderful connection, we can receive these gifts. Our relationship with Him and others is the channel for our blessings.
Heavenly Father, we are thankful to be counted as members of Your family, and blessed to be part of Your plan for creation. Help us to use Your gifts to reach others that they too may be connected to You. Amen.