“I was blind, but now I see.” From Amazing Grace. Great hymn. It’s actually a quote from a blind man who was healed.
More than that, he was healed by Jesus. On top of that, the man was giving testimony to the religious rulers of his day who were grilling him on what had happened. Let’s look:
24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth [they didn’t believe him the first time],” they said. “We know this man is a sinner [Jesus had healed on a Sabbath; see v. 16].” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:24-25
Later on, Jesus revealed Himself to the young man, and the man worshiped Him. Wow! That’s exciting. We each have a story like this man, don’t we? We were “blind, wretched, pitiful, poor, and naked (Rev. 3:17).” We needed Jesus! He came to us and healed us, washed us, clothed us, and has made us co-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). Where we were once blind to the right way of living, we now can “see” as the Holy Spirit reveals to us the way.
Proverbs has many fore-shadowings of the Gospel and our new relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. One of them is in this chapter:
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Jesus IS Wisdom from God (1 Cor. 1:24). He enters our heart supernaturally. Now, knowing Him is not only pleasant to our souls, but it is our primary concern and the highlight of our day.
We all have days when our heart’s desire gets overwhelmed by events, relationships, and circumstances–more like, everyday! We can take great comfort and courage from reminding ourselves of these truths:
- Our bodies may be growing older, but our inner person is being kept new and alive by His Spirit. Everyday, we are new all over again! We have a clean slate and a fresh start each morning! See 2 Corinthians 4:16
- Even though we still battle our old fleshly desires, we now have a new “operating system” through the Holy Spirit. Let’s access Him! See 2 Corinthians 5:17
- We choose to follow Christ fresh and anew every time we are faced with a decision to follow Him or turn away. It really IS moment-by-moment. See Ephesians 4:22-24
There are many more, but these will get us started this morning. Let’s be intentional about following Christ today. Let’s “look for Him as for silver and search for Him as for hidden treasure.” We will not be disappointed. I promise.