Having had eye surgeries, sight has become a very precious commodity. I find myself looking intently at stairwells as I ascend or descend to make sure that where I am putting my feet there is actually a step there. Eye sight is important. I take a test every year that measures the blind spot in my left eye to make sure it hasn’t grown. Good news this year–it’s shrunk just a tad! The doctor said it is probably the work of the medicines that I put into my eyes–three different ones every day. Fun!
How much more important, however, is spiritual eye sight. How blind are you…to your spiritual well being? How blind are you to sin and do you then consequently see God’s amazing grace? How is your blind spot? Have you been tested recently?
Here’s what I mean. When a message is preached is there something inside that opens your eyes to the truth from God’s Word? No? Hmmm….
So many times we are thinking of other things. Things like, “This really applies to so and so;” or “You know? That is interesting;” or “What’s cooking for lunch this afternoon;” or “The music was really bad today…I don’t like that new song.” Maybe you are simply day dreaming and not thinking of anything. Beware: You may be blind and don’t even realize it.
Another idea for blindness could be simply ignoring God. It could be insensitivity to the work of the Holy Spirit. This is often seen by someone who when confronted by a pastor/shepherd about a sin that is displayed, instead of running to repentance and faith in Christ they quickly try to deflect it by pointing out the deficiencies of the church. It most often is not a doctrinal deficiency but a personal preference they fear is violated. Blindness is revealed.
It could be that a hardness has set into your own heart that is simply pride. You will only see what you want to see! It may very well be years and years of hiding or running from God and the light of His transforming truth. The tragedy is that blindness is very devastating over time. Marriages are crushed because one spouse is blind. Families crumble because of blindness from a child or parent. Businesses collapse because of a CEO that refuses to see. Empires have vanished because of blind leadership.
It’s funny though, or sad, maybe, that spiritually sight-challenged people insist that they actually can see. Amazingly they run into brick walls over and over again yet they can get very upset if someone suggests to them they have a “sight issue.” Relationships all around them are bleeding and torn yet they insist that they see fine. They see what they want to see and consequently fail to see what really is.
The good news is that Jesus is light! John calls Him the light of men (John 1:4). The psalmist writes in Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” How blind are you? Really? How well do you see God? Be honest, where are your blind spots?
Run to Jesus! Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”