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Vol.  9  No. 8 August 2007  Page 8
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Priscilla's Page By Marilyn LaStrape *Editor's Note*

Spiritual Myopia--"I Just Can't See That!"

Marilyn LaStrapeBy Marilyn LaStrape

    Myopia is defined as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, lack of foresight or discernment. Physical myopia can cause some long-term damage if it is not properly treated. Myopia from a spiritual standpoint will be detrimental to the saving of our souls if not biblically corrected.

    For those of us who are involved in Bible studies that focus on conversion, we may have heard this statement: “I just can’t see that!” It is another way of saying, “I don’t believe that!” Why are we sometimes put off or taken back when people say that? Usually our first reaction is to take it personally. We forget that our lives are our story, but the story is not about us! “Not unto us O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy and because of Your truth” (Psalm 115:1). God works his purpose for us according to the counsel of his will—not ours.

    God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have different functions in the Godhead, but their plan, goal and aim is and always has been our salvation. We as human beings are simply the recipients and the messengers of God’s revealed plan for our redemption. Jesus Christ is the hub of that redemptive plan. The Holy Spirit is the Helper Jesus promised who would guide us through the Word as redeemed sinners. They each have a divine response to, “I just can’t see that!”

    When the truth from God’s Word has been presented, and the reply is, “I just can’t see that!” we must remember God said his Word that went forth from his mouth would not return to him void. He said, “But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11b). The Bible is the mind of God in human language; it is all about him because he has ultimate control.

    We must remember that Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). Notice Jesus said, the word he has spoken will judge us. It is imperative that we believe and obey what Christ has said.

    We must remember that the Holy Spirit, speaking of God said, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years” (Hebrews 3:7-9). Rebellion and unbelief are devices of Satan, and he uses them to keep us spiritually blind.

    Some people “can’t see’ why they are lost. Jesus makes this emphatically clear in the Parable of the Seed and the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23. He explains we have one of four responses to hearing the truth. There are countless millions of people who “can’t see” their lost condition and do not understand their morality cannot and will not save them. Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19a).

    Some people “can’t see” why God chastens us and they become angry or discouraged with his divine discipline. The writer of the Book of Hebrews makes this crystal clear. “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:5b).

    Some people “can’t see” God’s will for their lives. They readily accept it as long as the conditions are favorable from their vantage point. However, when God’s will begins to include the unexpected and the unwanted, we sometimes begin to question our allegiance to him. Peter lets us know the Christian life is not and was never promised to be a bed of roses–unless we count the thorns! He said, “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:16, 19). Suffering and adversity are parts of the Christian life, and it must be rightly endured. Obedience and service to God do not equal spending our days in prosperity and our years in pleasures.

    When we “can’t see” truth from God’s revealed Word, it is a form of unbelief. We are sinning when we refuse to allow God’s Word to affect our emotions and regulate our will. It is spiritually obscene. Speaking of God, Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Our belief is summed up in everything we do in obedience to God.

    The truth of God’s Word is hidden from those who are hostile or uninterested in knowing it. God’s Word is good news to those who accept it; it is the worse kind of news to those who reject it! Paul told the church at Corinth, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

    God works his plan of redemption through our lives. The Bible is replete with examples of those whose lives were submitted to his divine call, power and direction. Abraham’s life is a striking example, perhaps the greatest of them all, because God said that through him, all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3)! Paul’s life stands as a shining example because Jesus declared Paul was a chosen vessel to bear his name before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel (Acts 9:15).

    We see things clearly through the eyes of faith, and it motivates us to worship and serve God. We see and understand that God is the writer, the director and the producer of all the days of our lives. We know Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of our belief, trust and reliance on him. The book of 1 John repeatedly affirms that conviction.

    Such statements as, “I just can’t see that!” and “I don’t believe that!” will never come from the mouth of those striving to live according to the Book! We are developing in spiritual maturity when we begin to see things the way God sees them. His mind becomes our mind and spiritual myopia is a total unknown to us.

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