Nov 03 2014

Verse for the Day: Job 10:4 Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them? 

Do you have or know anyone who has or is suffering from some kind of problem with their eyes? There is everything from simple allergies which cause irritation, itching and red eyes to more serious problems like cataracts or detached retinas. Then there are the normal eye problems like far or near sightedness that happen due to age or genetics when glasses are needed to help see properly. One of the most serious problems that can happen to someone’s eyes is a disease called glaucoma which if not caught early and treated could cause blindness.  

As serious as all the above problems and diseases can effect, cripple or handicap someone’s ability to see, I believe they pale in comparison to what I’m seeing as a more serious eye disease affecting this nation and the rest of the world and that's our spiritual blindness.

I believe this world as a whole and that includes a lot of people who call themselves Christians have an eye problem when it comes to seeing this world as Christ sees it. We have allowed our near and far sightedness to blur our vision from seeing the needs of others. We have allowed lust, greed, envy, apathy, and so many other desires and things to either effect or blind our vision of what The Lord wants us to do, be or say. 

Jesus had such great spiritual vision and was aware of those around Him-He was always looking and seeking those who were in need. When He saw a need He didn't turn the other direction and hope someone else would take care of it. He used it as an opportunity to help, minister, heal or meet a need in someone else's life.

How different do you think Christ’s ministry would have been if he turned a blind eye to those in need? The feeding of five thousand would have never happened, Zacchaeus would still be sitting in a sycamore tree, the blind would still be blind, and Peter might have drowned or at least had to swim to shore or back to the boat. The list would be endless of how different things would be if Jesus had not responded to what His eyes had seen.

I believe that our eyes are the window to our heart and soul and whatever we allow are eyes to see will affect how we act and respond to things. Matthew 6:22-23 22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 

While there are many kinds of eye problems and diseases that can affect our ability to physically see things most of them can be cured or improved with a visit to an optometrist. When it comes to spiritual blindness there is nothing or no one on this earth that can provide a cure-only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can one’s spiritual blindness be cured. Sure there are those who can guide, mentor, and help us when we seem to lose our vision and need help finding the right direction, but they cannot cure spiritual blindness. Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Only by God’s word and a life lived in, through and upon Christ can anyone overcome this eye problem called spiritual blindness. 

So let me ask you these questions from today’s verse found in Job 10:4 “Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them?” Have you allowed this world to affect your spiritual vision? You know, at some point in everyone’s life they have seen or will see an eye doctor or medical doctor to help correct an eye problem or maybe you’ve just gone down to the local store and bought a pair of reading glasses. Whatever the case might be when you have trouble seeing and your vision becomes blurred you do something to correct it or improve your condition. So why is it so hard for us to see our spiritual blindness and the need to ask for help correcting it? 

Well, I will answer that question tomorrow as we look at a different kind of eye problem that I believe is the root to all our spiritual blindness. This disease has been around since Adam and Eve ate from the tree which God told them not to and it continues to this day. I believe this disease has infected the whole world and if we are not willing to acknowledge, confront, and eliminate what’s causing this disease, like glaucoma, it will leave us completely blind to what God has planned for us.  

When was the last time or have you ever made time to meet with your Spiritual eye doctor Jesus Christ to see if there is anything affecting your spiritual vision?