The Bible is full of analogies of blindness. Everyone, before he/she comes to know Christ, was blind. We call this “spiritual blindness.” We were walking in darkness with eyes that could not see the light. It was a hopeless darkness that descended into the abysmal blackness of life without Jesus. Then one day, by the grace of God, we could see. The brilliant light of the gospel pierced through the darkness and our eyes saw the light for the first time. We recognized our sin and need of Jesus.
Jesus came “to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness” (Isaiah 42:7). If you are a believer in Christ, you can now truly see. We have been given the sight to know the true reality in which we live and the hope to which we now own. We are no longer chained as a prisoner in the dark dungeon of sin. We have been set free. Yet, we don’t always see as clearly as we would like. We stumble. We walk down the wrong path. We are lead astray from truth. Perhaps it is because, though we have been given new sight, we traverse this life as if we were wearing a blindfold. Our eyes work but we prohibit them from working properly. As we go about our day we can do one of two things. We can either put on the eyes of faith or we can put on a blindfold.
3 Ways We Blindfold Ourselves
1. Rely On Our Own Wisdom
We can too often neglect the wisdom God offers us through His word. Often times we haven’t developed the discipline to daily meditate on scripture or we fail to prioritize His wisdom made available to us. We are not able to rightly discern or make wise choices when we rely on our own limited understanding. As we blindfold ourselves to the truth and wondrous grace to be seen in the bible, we can easily stumble and fall. Our only hope to believe rightly so that we may live rightly is to look with eyes of faith on the life changing word of God. May we be mindful to seek after His wonderful instruction that we might truly see and be prepared for every good work.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12
2. Unrepentant Sin
It is true that even after having our eyes opened by the light of the gospel, we will still sin. Yet, a righteous person whose eyes are no longer blinded will see their sin and their guilt. As we are now able to see our sin we can therefore confess our sin and seek forgiveness. However, we may refuse to address certain sins. We know we should confess them and seek repentance, but we love the sin too much. It’s too enjoyable. Or it really doesn’t seem like a big deal. Jesus said that it would be better to tear out our eye than to continue to sin. So it would literally be better for us to actually be blind if that is what it would take to truly repent (Matthew 5:9). When we try and cover up our sin or find it not as detestable to a holy God as it is, we are putting on a blindfold. We are unwilling to look with eyes of faith at the reality of our fallen state and we reject our need of Jesus. May we have the eyes of faith to call sin sin and seek repentance.
…to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:18
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 1 John 3:6
3. Idols Of The Heart
This common blindfold ties in with #2 above, yet idols are a bit more deceptive. The heart is deceitful and often we are unable to clearly see what its motives are and what/who it worships. Unlike blindfold #2, where we see particular sins (anger, lust, pride, gossip, etc.) a bit more plainly, idols often mask themselves as good things. Our family. Our comfort. Our sense of self worth. Our health. And so on. Yet, anything that replaces the worship of God for the worship of the created is an idol. When we fail to ask the Lord to create in us a pure heart and to dethrone any idols taking His rightful place, we are not only susceptible to not seeing Jesus as the rightful King, but also not seeing our mission and purpose clearly. Our eyes are deceived into thinking we are following God’s will, yet the idols of our heart have derailed our mission. May we ask the Lord to reveal any idols so that we may truly live with eyes of faith that seek His glory.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
All who make idols are nothing, and what they treasure does not profit. Their witnesses do not see or know anything, so they will be put to shame. Isaiah 44:9
May we always continually pray that God would shine within our hearts the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus.