<<inability to see>>

This can be both a physical affliction and a spiritual condition.

Jesus referred to the religious leaders of His day as being spiritually blind because they were ignorant or blind to the truth (Mt 15:14, 23:16-26). They didn’t want to accept that Jesus was the Messiah; they knew about God but didn’t relate to Him. Their job should have been to point people to God but they were so engrossed in their faulty beliefs and understanding they completely missed what was so blatantly obvious, so they were ‘as blind leading the blind’. They stubbornly refused to accept the facts, neither comprehending nor admitting to their validity. Because of their continual refusal to ‘see’ and acknowledge, God ensured they stayed blind, like those whose hearts He hardens because of their continual rejection of the truth (Jn 12:37-40; Rom 1:18-21).

The two men walking with Jesus had the eyes of their understanding opened and their spirits enlightened to truly see Him, and later Christ sent

"I was blind but now I see" – John 9:25

Paul “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light” (Lk 24:31; Act 26:18 ). Only Christ can remove the spiritual blindness enabling us to gain the true perspective so we are not floundering and stumbling around in confusion and bewilderment at the mercy of circumstances.

Jesus did and still wants to open the eyes of the blind so people see their need of a Saviour and become Christians (Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18, 7:21). People’s eyes are blinded by Satan so they walk in spiritual darkness unable to grasp the significance of sin, its penalty and the offer of forgiveness from Jesus (2 Cor 4:4; 1 Jn 2:11). May God grant us the ability to ‘see’ into the spirit realm and discern where Satan is endeavouring to make inroads into our lives and relationships, trying to keep us bound so he can steal, kill and destroy what is of God (Jn 10:10; Act 28:26; 2 Cor 2:11; Eph 4:27). As he attacks, we can specifically focus and resist him with the authority of Christ as we stand with our spiritual armour in place. What are the areas or targets that are most exposed and at risk in my life?

As we are ignorant and have blind spots in so many facets of life we need to expose ourselves to the truth through the illumination of the Bible and in accountability allow others to speak into our lives providing insight and maybe correction as they reveal to us the blemishes and failings in our lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the Scriptures, “Open may eyes that I might see wonderful things in your Word” (Ps 119:18,105). If we are not growing our relationship with Christ, we have become blind to our divine calling and potential in Him (2 Pet 1:9; Rev 3:17). As we consider our life’s path, it requires

honesty and humility to obediently walk in the light as it is revealed to us by regularly examining our hearts, routing out the sin that so quickly takes root (Prov 4:26; 2 Cor 3:14; 1 Jn 1:7). Although painful, as we address these areas of concern and character weaknesses they will become areas that reflect the character of God’s grace.

See also: accountability, discernment, eyes, insight, stumble/stumbling block, understanding.

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