2 Corinthians 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
As I set down to begin typing this morning I was distracted and not paying attention to what I was putting on the page. Of course, I could see the words in my mind but in the early morning darkness in my office I couldn’t see the keys. I thought I had my fingers in the correct possession and I was just typing away like crazy. But when I looked at what I was writing it was clear that my fingers were in the wrong position. The words looked like some crazy code in a spy movie and I had to delete them and start all over. It was all because I missed what was right in front of my face… the keys on the keyboard.
I had been watching TV last night and turned to this show about aliens and Bible times. There are always two things that always get me angry about these types of shows. The first thing is how ignorant and backwards they make our ancestors look. These men and women were hard working and had ingenuity. They were not stupid. Second, it amazes me how they look for “other worldly” answers but can’t fathom the spiritual. They look at religion as being superstitious. It really didn’t take me too long to change the channel. These people would call me closed-minded yet they can’t tolerate the idea of an all-powerful God. They search the world for evidence that “we are not alone” but they miss what is right in front of their faces.
When I see the history of man and the world around me today, I see the mighty hand of God and how he has kept humankind from completely destroying itself. I see God at work in all aspects of life. I see his creation in it’s great diversity all pointing to the mathematical genius and almighty power of our heavenly father. I see his word and his spirit at work in the lives of men. And I see how a relationship with him through his son, Jesus Christ, can give us direction in all areas of life and discipline.
The apostle Paul said, “…since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” In other words, God has placed his power, qualities, and nature right in front of our faces. How can we miss it?
The problem is that Satan, the god of this world, has blinded people and confused them so that they can’t see what is in front of their faces. They cannot see because they really don’t want to see. Because they like the pleasures of this world.
I see Jesus as my strength. He is not a crutch. He is not narrow-minded thinking. It takes a wide-open mind to stand in faith and guide your life by the principles and teachings of Jesus. It takes stepping out of the comfort zone to believe and put your faith on the line.
My faith in Jesus is what gives me strength to avoid temptation. It has been the on-going source of victory in my battle against overeating. It is my relationship with Jesus that gives me comfort when others turn their back on me. It is his love for me that allows me to love others when they make it difficult. And it is my faith in Jesus that keeps me going… that is not a crutch… That is extraordinary power that is available for anyone who is willing to step out of the box.
Dear Heavenly Father, How blind we can be to the wonderful truth that is right in front of our faces. Your power and strength are available to give us victory in life and hope for eternity. Open our eyes that we may see the wonderful things in your word! Help me today to be strong in faith and weak in personal pride. I love you, Lord, because you loved me first and gave your Son, Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for my sin. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.