Blind Spots

                 There is an eye disease or condition called Scotoma, which causes temporary or permanent dark spots in certain parts of our visual spectrum. These are more commonly known as “blind spots.” There are many people who suffer from this malady and if left untreated it could create larger and more dangerous complications.

                Vehicles also have blind spots. These are areas that are not covered by the side mirrors. That is why it is always a good idea to look back and sideways before switching lanes or passing another car. I have almost crashed a few times because I didn’t see the car next to me.

                Thank you God, for protecting me from those blind spots!

                There are two more blind spots that I want to mention before I leave you. The first one is the family blind spot. We love our children, grandchildren and other family members so much, that sometimes we don’t see (or don’t want to see) all the evil things they do. I know that the Bible says that “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8), but this verse does not teach us to be permissive and blind to their wickedness. Permissive and enabling love is no love at all.

                The other blind spot is our tendency to fall for certain temptations. We know the clear teaching of the Word of God and we sense the warnings from the Holy Spirit in regard to sin and yet, we fail to see it until it is too late.

                Why do we keep having the same spiritual collisions? I believe it is the result of having spiritual “blind spots.” Before we were saved by Christ, we were totally and pathetically blind. The devil blinded us (2 Corinthians 4:3-4); sin blinded us (Hosea 4:6); false teachers blinded us (Matthew 15:14) and we didn’t even try (and couldn’t) open our eyes.

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed(Matthew 13:15, emphasis mine).

In Christ we are no longer blind. We have freedom (John 8:32, 36) and we have light. Jesus said:

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)

Let the light of Jesus wash away all the remaining blind spots of your soul. Let us walk in his light and reject the darkness and the dangerous temptations that are always “driving” around us. Remember: Temptation is really sin in disguise. No matter how good it looks, it is death incarnate. Do not be fooled by sin anymore and do not turn a “blind eye” to your surroundings. We must always be on high alert (1 Peter 5:8) and dressed with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).

We are not omniscient; therefore we will always have some blind spots about certain future events or circumstances, but there is no need for us to willfully ignore temptation and the warnings of the Bible. This is utter foolishness and extremely dangerous.

             A. G.

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