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Blind for a Reason

June 8, 2017


Blind for a Reason

Have you ever been looking  and looking  for something  without finding it?     Later on,  you spot it  in plain sight,  in a place  you have already “searched”,  and exactly where you remember  having put it.

Then comes the groan,  “Oh!     Blind in one eye  and can’t see  out the other!”

Life is often like that  spiritually.      Day after day,  we “see” the miracles  of creation,  the answers  to prayers,  and the leadings  of God  in His word.      Strangely enough,  we’re blind  to it all,  even when we “see” it.      We just miss it all  and continue  to stumble around,  wondering where God is  in all  of life.

It’s like  what happened  in John 9.    Seeing a man born blind,  the disciples wondered  whether his blindness  was because  of his sin  or his parents’ sin.     Jesus said,  “Neither.”     The man was blind  to show  what God can do  with him.

Jesus then  healed the man.      When people wondered  how it was  that he could see,  the man gave clear witness  to how Jesus applied mud  to his eyes,  had him wash  in the pool  of Siloam,  and then he could see.      But,  the people refused  to believe  such a thing,  thinking sin  had to be involved  because the miracle happened  on a Sabbath  and life’s difficulties  must be a result  of sin.

They even called the man’s parents,  hoping to squeeze the truth  out of them.      The formerly blind man refused  to be intimidated  by the scornful religious leaders,  who despised him  as nothing but  a filthy sinner.     The arrogant religious leaders  even claimed  Jesus had to be  a sinner.

Without backing down one iota  from the truth,  the man boldly proclaimed,  in John 9:30-33,

“Well,  here is an amazing thing,  that you do not know  where He is from,  and yet  He opened my eyes.     We know  that God does not  hear sinners;  but if anyone  is God-fearing  and does His will,  He hears him.      Since the beginning of time  it has never been heard  that anyone opened  the eyes  of a person born blind.      If this man  were not from God,  He could do nothing.”

Unimpressed,  they kicked him out  of the synagogue.

There are a lot of miracles  that don’t particularly impress us  either.      But,  just because we refuse  to “see” the miracles,  does not make them  any less miraculous.

Every day  we see the stars  and sun  orbiting out time  for us.     We have no power  to change any  of those miracles.      All of life  shows the miracles  of birth,  growth,  fruition,  and decay.      None of those marvelous miracles  could even have entered the mind  of men.    Despite their awesomeness,  we don’t pay  much attention.

Biblical prophecies  of a Savior  from sin  miraculously came true  in Jesus Christ  despite how people felt  about it.      Jesus came  even though those  who prophesied His coming  were usually killed  and King Herod  made desperate attempts  to murder  the Savior  soon after His birth.      Aren’t all these things  miracles?      They’re history.

But,  we have a way  of remaining unimpressed  —  blind.

The healed blind man  worshiped Jesus.      Then John 9:30-41 reports,

Jesus said,  “For judgment I came  into this world,  so that those  who do not see  may see,  and that those  who see  may become blind.”       Those of the Pharisees  who were with Him  heard these things  and said  to Him,  “We are not blind too,  are we?”      Jesus said  to them,  “If you were blind,  you would have no sin;  but since you say,  ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

How will Jesus  judge us?     Has Jesus  opened our eyes  to the truths  of God?     Or does our sin  remain?

The blind man  had always trusted  in the Lord  —  he was not  spiritually blind  —  so when he was  physically healed,  bold witness  and worship  flowed naturally  and willingly.     Being born blind  never blinded him  to the love  of God  in his life.

The self-righteous religious leaders  proudly felt  they had life  in control.     Without humble repentance,  their sin remained.

Pray that God would heal  our inborn blindness,  so that we may see  that He alone  is Lord  and God  —  always has been  and always will be.     Then we will gladly say,  “Hallelujah!”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12








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