Sometimes, I get a kick out of TV commercials. Recently, there was a series of commercials by an eyeglass company showing various scenes where people did embarrassing and funny things because they couldn’t see what they were doing, or what was going on around them. One commercial shows a lady jumping into what she thinks is a taxi. She immediately begins telling the driver where to go. The only problem is, she’s in a police car, not a taxi. Another spot shows a lady in her nightgown, calling her cat in from the back yard. At her loving invitation, an animal about the size of a cat walks by her, through the door, and into the house. Rather than opening the door for her beloved pet, she invited a raccoon into her home.
The point is, if you can’t see well, you could get yourself into some very embarrassing, and compromising situations. In life, the same is true. How is your vision? Where are your “blind spots” when it comes to people, yourself, and the things that really matter?
The Bible has a lot to say about vision and sight. Jesus healed many blind people during his earthly ministry, and several of these accounts are described in the New Testament. Jesus was concerned about physical blindness. However, He was even more concerned about spiritual blindness. He gave scathing rebukes to the religious leaders of His day, declaring they were “the blind leading the blind.” Because of their spiritual and religious blindness, they could not see or accept Jehovah God, Immanuel (God with us), even when He was right in front of them. Not only did they fail to see Him, they also rejected Him.
Many people who are spiritually and morally blind do not know it.
I remember when my mother had cataract surgery. When her bandages were removed after the procedure, she was startled at how bright and colorful things were around her. She had lived so long with her darkness she had forgotten how brilliant colors could be, and how magnificent the bright sunshine looked. Just as my mother did not realize her physical blindness, many others cannot recognize their spiritual blindness.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) The light He brings into our lives dispels the darkness and removes our blindness. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 the writer says, “But the God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined into our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” This is His desire, but many cannot see it. They are blinded! It is sad, because they do not understand just how dark their world really is. The only thing worse is the condition of those who believe they can see; when in reality they are totally blind.
“Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard Him and asked, ‘Are you saying we’re blind?’ ‘If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,’ Jesus replied. ‘But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.'” (John 9:40-41)
Be careful! Pharisaical blindness can strike anyone! Listen to John’s word of caution in 1 John 1:6 “If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie, and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another . . .”
How’s your vision?