2 Corinthians 4:4-6 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
It is said of the human body that if one of the senses are incapacitated, the others become heightened to make up for the lack. A person who has lost their eyesight will experience a greater sense of hearing, touch and smell to compensate. God has so wonderfully made us that way.
We are all born spiritually blind.
We try to fill that void. We make so many different things our god. Work, money, power, and fame; these become the gods to which we devote our lives – some never realizing the emptiness and the way to see properly.
There is no compensation in our flesh for that blindness.
But there is an enemy that works as hard as he can to keep us blinded. He knows the Cure and keeps us from it. He hates the One who is the Cure so much that he will do anything and everything to destroy that which the Cure loves.
The Cure is the Lord Jesus Christ.
God has placed within us the desire to seek Himself. Until we hear the gospel, we just do not know what the cure is for the emptiness we feel. The Word of God says:
John 12:31-32 “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
This statement points to the cross literally and figuratively. For if we, His children, lift Him up, His Word has the power and the promise to draw all men to a decision point.
Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Only I can speak to the blindness I once had and the Cure that came into my life.
I had been taught that the void should be filled with religious activity. Baptism, attendance to church, and work within that church would weigh in my favor to earn my salvation. But by the time I reached my adult years, I still felt unsatisfied with what I had been handed as the cure to the hole I felt in my heart.
As church and religious activity could not fill that hole and the emptiness, I tried to numb that emptiness by escaping the reality with drugs and alcohol.
By the time the gospel reached me, I was on the brink of becoming a full blown alcoholic. I had been brought to a decision point regarding my addiction through a car accident that totaled my car. I had been brought low; humbled by the consequences of my actions.
I don’t remember any specific prayer I prayed, but God came to me in the form of a man. This godly man entered my life by being a Christian example. Soon after hearing about my accident, he asked to take lunch with me and now, twenty-nine years later, my eyes have been opened , and my life has been transformed!
You and I can become complacent to giving others the Cure for their blindness. We find it easy to criticize their behavior instead praying for an opportunity to lovingly give them the gospel. We, who are the children of God must realize:
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
The forgiveness we are to offer is not just to each other as children of God, but those who so desperately need His forgiveness so as to miss paying for their sin in Hell.
John Newton was a profane drunkard and an extreme blasphemer of the gospel. Because of his vocal opposition, his reputation was known to all. His avid unbelief led many of his fellow sailors into the same. Yet, John had a praying mother who, early on, taught him the love of God and salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
His conversion came one day, tied to the helm of a ship he captained. They had gone through the roughest of seas and almost had lost all hope of making it through. He recalls that day when the teachings of his godly mother, her prayers and the Word of God broke through to his heart and he trusted Christ as Savior.
John Newton is famous for writing the song “Amazing Grace”. In it, he cites:
“I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see.” (Listen here)
If you are saved today, you have the same testimony as John Newton – I was blind, but now I see.
Dear reader, purpose in your heart to tell one person today how God opened your eyes. We cannot know, this side of Heaven, the impact of sharing such a simple, yet profound truth.
All are blind. All must be given the opportunity to see.
We all need the Cure for our blindness.
We, who can see, must help those who cannot to find the Cure – the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you today, do not know Him as your Savior, read here and trust Him today!