“When he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, Do you see anything?’” (Mark 8:23).
Cloudy spiritual vision afflicts every Christian to some degree. On the best of days, our vision is imperfect because we “see through a glass darkly.” Eugene Peterson catches the meaning with this paraphrase: “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG). That applies to all of us.
Squinting through a fog.
Peering through a mist.
That’s what this blind man experienced. When he was partially healed, he saw men as trees walking. No one sees life with perfect clarity. All of us have spiritual nearsightedness to one degree or another.
What finally saved this poor man was his honesty. He didn’t lie to Jesus. That’s a crucial insight. He could have said, “Lord, I see all things clearly.” If he had said that, he would never have gotten better. His honesty gave him the sight he did not have.
How hard it is to be honest with God.
How difficult to admit our weakness.
We must come to the Lord just as we are, and when we do, he takes us as we are, but he never leaves us that way. That’s why the invitation of Jesus is always very personal. Come unto me! Cast yourself upon the Lord, and he will not turn you away.
Are you blind? Come to him.
Is your vision blurry? Come to him.
Do you see men as trees walking? Come to him.
Come to him, and you will not be disappointed.
“I want the truth whatever it costs.”
“Lord, I am coming to you.”
“Open the eyes of my heart.”
Remember, this man was saved by his honesty.
Lord Jesus, without you, we can do nothing. Help us to be honest with you so we can receive the help we need. Amen.
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