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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Circumstancial Blindness

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
 
Have you ever been blind? For many summers I worked at National Camps for the Blind. The very first summer it was required to spend half a day "blind". We had to have a guide to lead us around, we had to do one of the camp activities blind, and we had to eat a meal blind. Far from being blinding it was an eye opening experience. However the short experiment of living without physical sight was not nearly as insightful as meeting and getting to know some of the campers over several years. Two quotes from two different campers, both born blind, will never be forgotten. Visiting with George one day I asked him if he had ever had his sight. He said no. Later in the conversation he asked me to describe something so I did. Then he asked me about my car so I described that. He asked me what colour it was and I told him it was black. "I know what black looks like" he said emphatically. I asked him how he could know what black looks like if he had never seen it. "It's all I ever see" he said.
 
The other statement I will never forget was from Rick. We were going for a walk one day and Rick said he would never want his sight restored. I was blown away. I asked why. "Because being blind is all I've ever known. I think being able to suddenly see would be overwhelming."
 
It was a perspective I had never considered but I'm pretty convinced Rick will quite enjoy his restored sight when Jesus returns smile emoticon
 
Jesus healed blindness a lot. He spoke about blindness a lot too but not physical blindness. He spoke of the inability to see things as they really are. He made statements to the religious leaders like "you look but you don't see."
 
I am learning that the worst form of blindness is what I call circumstancial blindness. A problem arises in our lives and we look at it so intently that soon we can see nothing else. Perhaps someone makes a mistake and we suddenly forget every good thing they have ever done because we are so fixated on the present mistake. Or we don't get an answer from God about a situation we're facing and suddenly we forget everything God has ever done for us.
 
The believers in Philippi are suffering from situational or circumstancial blindness. Paul's imprisonment and God's "failure" to set him free has become all consuming to them. It is literally blinding them to the bigger picture of all God has done and has promised to do.
 
As his last piece of counsel to them Paul asks them to refocus. He asks them to pry their "eyes" off of the immediate circumstance of his imprisonment and think about other things. What things you ask?
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things."
 
There is a song I love called "It Won't Rain Always" written by the Gaithers. It goes like this:
 
Someone said that in each life
some rain is bound to fall
And each one sheds his share of tears
And trouble troubles us all
But the hurt can't hurt forever
And the tears are sure to dry
And it won't rain always
The clouds will soon be gone
The sun that they've been hiding
has been there all along
And it won't rain always
God's promises are true
The sun's gonna shine in His own good time
And He will see you through
 
If you don't like your present circumstances think about the good you have already experienced and better yet think about all that God has promised.
 
Weeping may last for the night but joy is coming in the morning. The dark valley may be necessary but even if it is we need not fear any evil because He is with us even when all our physical senses tell us otherwise. Remember what He has done, think about what He has promised He will do.
 
Think on these things. Always.

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