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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”—Romans 11:25 (NKJV)
My little girl started playing on a soccer team this year. She had never played before or even touched a soccer ball. As I was sitting at one of the practices, I watched her coach hand out practice jerseys for the kids to play a game amongst themselves. My daughter was on the blue team. I then began to watch her kick the ball to the other team consistently. I called her over and asked her what color her practice jersey was. She looked down and said blue. I told her she was on the blue team, but she kept kicking the ball to the red team. I could see the light go on in her little mind. She said, “Oh, I wondered why they gave us these shirts.”
That’s what it like to be in the dark. You have no concept that you are even in that state. You aren’t trying to find your way out. You think everything is fine. How often am I kicking the ball as hard as I can, thinking I’m doing a great job? It’s not until the Lord turns on the light in my heart and mind that I see how misguided I was. This is the mystery of “partial blindness.” Just as the Israelites were blinded to Jesus being the Messiah, we are often blinded to the mysteries of God. God is wanting to heal our blindness, but He has to get our attention in order to do this.
I believe God is often trying to take me to a deeper place of understanding in my faith, and I’m often too busy to even hear His gentle voice. He is the parent on the sidelines watching, and if I don’t take the time to come off the field and listen to his voice, I will be laboring in vain. Sometimes it is the very question that will change my whole perspective. We need to take the time to read, question and even challenge our hearts and minds.
In today’s verse we’re warned not to be wise in our own opinion. I believe our pride actually keeps us from hearing God’s voice in our lives. Allow God’s voice to take priority over your own opinion. Discovering the mysteries of God is an amazing part of our journey as a Christian. Don’t miss it.
Dig: Ask God to speak to your heart and mind. What is the question He might be asking you?
Discover: Find some Scripture verses pertaining to that area of your life. Discover a book, a friend, a podcast that could shed light or another perspective.
Display: Share your journey with someone else.