Seeing things - Hope 103.2

Seeing things

By David ReayThursday 16 Mar 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read John 9:39-41

39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

41 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see. (NLT)

The famous author Helen Keller was once asked if being blind was the worst thing imaginable. She replied that it wasn’t half as bad as having full sight and not seeing anything. The comment reflects the different sorts of sight we can have. There is the sight of being able to identify objects and read printed material. And there is the sight of discerning what is really going on in life. One is the product of functioning eyesight. The other is the product of wisdom and discernment.

Jesus, having healed a blind man, uses the healing to teach about another sort of sight. In this case, the discernment to see who he really was. The religious leaders had perfect ‘sight’ in the sense of their mastery of religious information. However, they were utterly blind when it came to seeing the truth of who Jesus was and what he was saying. Hence they were accountable for their lack of discernment. Merely having information at our fingertips, merely having expertise, doesn’t necessarily mean we discern what is really going on.

We help get such discernment by the usual spiritual exercises including prayer and bible reading and worship and silent solitude. These may not seem very exciting or seem to generate that much power. All our spiritual exercises and disciplines can’t, for example, make the sun rise each morning. What they can do is to ensure we are not asleep when it happens.

David Reay

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