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Spiritual blindness

By David ReayFriday 29 Aug 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil,it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan,who is the god of this world,has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ,who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)

Many Christians are despondent about how few people come to know and love Jesus. All our hard work,all our creative ideas,all our ministry programmes and courses-and very few actually coming to Jesus. We wonder what we are doing wrong. And it is legitimate to ask why all these efforts are bearing relatively little fruit. We may need to rethink a lot of what we do and what we say.

However,underlying all this is the truth expressed here by Paul. We are engaged in a battle against the evil one who delights in obscuring the truth from those to whom we speak. They may readily embrace all sorts of ideas and actions that are dubious from a rational point of view,but they reject the faith which has respectable foundations.

Satan loves to do this. And in passing,it is not as if the people so blinded are not responsible. Paul is not suggesting they are helpless puppets. They make wrong decisions and Satan is encouraging them all the way. He wants to throw as much dirt in their eyes as possible. The Spirit is at work trying to get them to see through all this,but many will not do so,and he will not force them to do so.

We don’t give up in the light of this. We go on sharing Jesus,always aware that mere cleverness or technique or money or hard work will not bring success. There is only one more powerful than Satan,and it is he in whom we ultimately trust.

David Reay