632. Spiritual Blindness

“There are several accounts,” Stan began, “of Jesus healing blind people.  While I’m not mentioned in the Bible, I certainly am one He healed.”

“You were blind?” I asked, somewhat skeptically.

“I was,” Stan replied.  “Not physically, but I was totally blind spiritually.  I just couldn’t see the truth of God.”

Continuing, he said, “It’s an interesting kind of blindness.  People who are blind in the same way I was don’t even know they are blind because they don’t know what they are supposed to see.”

“And,” he added, “ the apostle Paul wrote about that in his second letter to the church in Corinth that I focused on earlier this morning.”

“Did Paul give any explanation for this kind of blindness?” I asked.

“He certainly did,” Stan replied.  “And it’s just like as if Paul was writing specifically about me.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“Paul nailed it,” Stan replied.  “He wrote that unbelievers cannot see the truth because Satan has blinded their minds so they cannot see the light of the truth of the gospel.”

“It seems like you are no longer blind in that way,” I responded.  “What happened?”

“God brought people into my life who had been blind the same way I was,” Stan replied.  “They told me that there was a solution for darkness that caused the blindness.”

“Which is what?” I asked.

“The light of Christ,” Stan replied.

Continuing, he added, “I eventually got tired of walking around in the dark running into things and falling down.  Through the grace of God, He opened me to want to see.  He opened me to want to be rid of the spiritual blindness that Satan was so happy about.”

“Do you think that made Satan unhappy?” I asked.

“Big time!” Stan replied, “and I’m happy about his unhappiness!  If he’s unhappy with what I’m doing, I must be doing something right in God’s sight.”

“That’s why,” he concluded, “I seek to help as many people as I can to overcome their spiritual blindness.  The more people I can help to have the assurance of spending eternity with God when it’s time, as well as to know what they are to do with that assurance before then, the happier I get!”

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And even if our gospel in veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:3, 4.  

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened.  Isaiah 35:5

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John the things which you hear and see:  the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me.” Matthew 11:4 – 6.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the people you brought into my life to show me the light of the truth so that the spiritual darkness Satan had blinded me with was removed.  Thank you for the truth of being able to spend eternity in your presence when it’s time.  Thank you, too, for the opportunity to know you in an ever-deepening relationship on this side of eternity.  I ask that you will continually show me your light and how you want me to manifest that light in helping others to be rid of their blindness so that they see as well as you intend.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:  Do you believe that Satan can blind us so we do not see the truth of God?  Why or why not?  Have you had your spiritual blindness removed by the light of Christ?  If not, do you want to have it removed?  Do you know how to accept God’s free and gracious gift for that removal so you can see the truth?  If you have had that blindness removed and have the assurance of spending eternity in God’s presence, do you think you have the clear vision God intends for this side of eternity?  Why or why not?  If not, what can be done about that?

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