The story is told of a clothing store manager returned from his lunch break and noticed his clerk's hand was bandaged. Before he could ask him about the bandage, the clerk ran over.
"Guess what, sir?" he asked excitedly “I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit that we've had so long!" "Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?!" the manager responded in surprise. "That's the one!" the clerk proudly beamed.
The manger said "I thought we'd never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we've ever had! But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?" "Oh," the clerk replied, "after I sold the guy that suit,…. his seeing-eye dog bit me!"
The bible repeatedly warns us concerning the subject of spiritual blindness. Jesus often used the imagery of blindness to illustrate spiritual deception.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
In order to be saved and experience God’s guidance, Psalms 34:8 tells us we must “Taste and SEE that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
On June 29th 1992 I saw for myself what others had told me about God and salvation. Now I can sing what John Newton wrote so well; “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was BLIND but now I SEE”
“A blind man's world" said E. Paul Hovey, "is bound by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man's world by the limits of his knowledge; a great man's world by the limits of his vision." Vision is more than physical. It’s a matter of insight and spiritual comprehension.
Limited vision leads to lackadaisical leadership. A spiritual leader who lacks vision is not only impaired by his own blindness, but is disqualified to guide the people of God.
This is the rebuke of the Lord Jesus Christ concerning the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of His day. Christ said of them, "They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch" (Matthew 15:14).
Spiritual leaders who take men into the trenches typically do so because of their own inability to see. Many religious leaders do not themselves see the truth, and thus they misguide millions into even greater darkness and despair.
God has called us to see. To see for ourselves. We must look around, look ahead, look behind, look below, and most importantly look above.
Job knew what it was like to see God in the midst of misery, and knew that for the believer, we will one day literally see Him for ourselves!
He said in Job 19:25-27 “ For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another”
Have you seen God work in your life?
Do you have spiritual insight?
If not, you can ask Him to open your eyes, and you will see for yourself!