Emily, my five year old, crossed her eyes and stuck out her tongue.
“Stop that!” I cried. “Your eyes will get stuck!”
Now, I know I heard that from my own mother, but I decided – after the words inadvertently flew out of my mouth – to look up the truth of the statement. And, yes, I discovered that mothers say that to scare their children. Optometrists will tell you that if you cross your eyes, there is no medical proof they will stick like that. Our spiritual eyes, however, are in real danger of becoming “stuck”.
The Israelites had the same problem. In Isaiah 42:18-20, God speaks:
“Hear, you deaf; look, you blind and see!
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send?
Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord?
You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.”
God’s chosen people, the ones who were supposed to be completely committed to God, had plunged themselves into darkness. They allowed their spiritual vision to ‘stick’ because they didn’t pay attention. Modern day Christians are susceptible to the same condition.
We tend to see only our circle of Christian friends. We turn our heads from the hurt condition of the world and say we fix our eyes on Jesus, while becoming blind to the very things Jesus would do: speak with the outcast, embrace the lost, love the unlovely – even outside our church walls. Jesus had 20/20 vision when it came to looking at the mass of humanity that swelled around Him.
And just like God wanted the Israelites’ vision to ‘unstick’, he longs for the same thing in us. In fact, he offers a cure for our vision problems.
In verse sixteen of that same chapter, God says: “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; and I will not forsake them.”
The Great Optometrist offers a prescription to rid us of stuck spiritual eyes. We need only to take His hand and allow Him to lead us into the light. The out-of-pocket expenses were paid at the cross, and God is on every preferred provider list.
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