By Marni Montanez
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Many of us can't explain much about God’s ways. We know what it says in His word about Him and may not understand it, but we believe it. One thing we do know for sure is when we have been changed and healed through salvation. Something like spiritual scales fall from our eyes and we understand the depths of this awakening. When our eyes are opened to the truth of Jesus everything is clearer and brighter.
Our souls that were once dead come to life and we are renewed. This kind of sight comes with a change of view. When we are spiritually or emotionally blind we cannot see our deep need, but when we have been given revelation where there was once denial, we realize that we were blind, and our denial disappears.
We all have areas of blindness. Ask someone what they see about you and if they point out something negative, you will automatically put up a defense and deny it. You may not say it openly, but it is a conscious thought. Even though common sense tells us there is something positive and negative about all of us it is very hard to see or acknowledge our imperfections, and being confronted about them can be threatening. We know we have faults, but tend to believe our faults can’t be all that bad; at least not as bad as someone else’s. Just note how easy it is to judge others and give grace to ourselves about our own weaknesses.
When this man said “though I was blind, but now I see” a whole new world opened up to him. He was no longer the handicapped victim from his birth. His viewpoint about himself changed drastically because now he had sight. He was able to see the truth through God’s eyes; the truth of who he really was; a sighted person who had much to live and much to give.
The truth could branch off into many categories when it involves the human being. We are emotionally complex and to allow ourselves to see each aspect of what needs to change can be an exhaustive and frightening prospect.
From experience I have learned that blindness, whether physical, emotional or spiritual can be extremely debilitating. It hinders our growth and our ability to move forward. We need to be able to see our weaknesses and deal with them; otherwise the enemy will use them against us.
Challenge: Ask God to reveal those things you have been unable or unwilling to see and then allow the process of digging and learning and healing to begin.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.