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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”—2 Peter 1:9 (NKJV)
Have you ever been driving on the highway when a heavy rainstorm starts impairing your vision? I’m talking so much so that your windshield wipers are no longer able to aid your ability to see. Well, if you’ve experienced this type of scenario and you’re anything like me, you just keep on driving. You see other cars pulled over on the side of the road, wisely avoiding the dangers of driving through such a hazardous situation, yet you keep on trucking ahead.
This is the best way I can describe the danger of spiritual blindness. Our vision is impaired, yet on our own volition, we choose to continue down a dangerous road. We make decisions like this because we don’t possess the wisdom or capacity in our own temporal being to know what’s best for us. We can convince ourselves that we do, but the truth is, without Christ we’re all spiritually blind.
In today’s verse, the apostle says that not only do we occasionally struggle with blindness, but sometimes we suffer from amnesia as well! Peter says those who have knowledge of God should display fruitful growth. Part of this growth means that we demonstrate a level of maturity in the faith so we don’t willingly walk into detrimental situations. It means our decisions are made through the petitioning of the Holy Spirt as well as godly counsel.
When we purposely avoid seeking God in our day-to-day journey on the road of life, we liken ourselves unto that unwise driver who keeps trucking down the road despite the blinding rain. This mindset is a result of viewing ourselves wise in our own eyes. While subscribing to this frame of thinking, we also tend to forget that Christ died to cleanse us, mature us, and be the crucial navigation system we need on the road of life.
In John 7:45-52, the Pharisees displayed spiritual blindness as a result of being wise in their own eyes. They argued that Jesus couldn’t be who He proclaimed to be! Unfortunately, they formulated this conclusion based on their finite perspective, hence augmenting their ability to see and embrace the Messiah who was in their midst. Friends, let’s tap into true wisdom and clear vision by tapping into Christ daily!
DIG: Read John 7:45-52 and 2 Peter 1:5-9.
DISCOVER: Think about a time when you were “wise in your own eyes.” Were you heading down a precarious road as a result of not demonstrating the maturity to tap into Christ?
DISPLAY: As you read 2 Peter 1:5-9, try to apply the characteristics Peter shares to your faith walk with God. Don’t let your vision be impaired by forgetting what Christ did once and for all on the cross!