But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31(NIV)
On Wings Of Eagles
Monday, June 27, 2011
Blind or Walking in the Light
John 8:12 (New International Version)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Rose Crawford was blind for fifty years. Then she underwent delicate surgery in an Ontario hospital. "I just can't believe it," she gasped, as the doctor lifted the bandages from her eyes. For the first time in her life she saw a beautiful world of form and color.
Now here's is the stunning part of the story! Twenty years of her blindness had been completely unnecessary. The surgical techniques used could have given her vision when she was thirty; the operation had already been perfected then. The doctor said, "She just figured there was NOTHING that could be done about her condition."
Why did Rose Crawford live 20 years assuming her situation was hopeless? Possibly she was not looking for a remedy, had given up hope, or perhaps those who knew of the operation just never told her about it.
Millions of people walk in spiritual blindness TODAY unaware of the terrible consequences (see Matthew 22:13; 25:30). Yet, they are needlessly blind, for there IS a remedy. Why do they continue groping in darkness? Two reasons:
Some have QUIT searching, assuming their condition is hopeless. Such could not be further from the truth. God has gone to extraordinary lengths to provide a cure for spiritual blindness. The Cure is found through His Son Jesus, the "Light of the World." Those who will turn to the LIGHT (Jesus) in faith (Acts 16:31), turning from the sins of darkness in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) are delivered by God "from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love" (Col 1:13). Then "-IF- we walk in the LIGHT as He is in the LIGHT, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
Others stumble in spiritual darkness because no one has shared the LIGHT with them. If you are following Jesus, will you not encourage others to do the same? Of Christians Peter said, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet 2:9).
Needlessly blind? What a terrible thought - especially when there is a Cure!
Will YOU not come to Jesus to receive your sight and allow His LIGHT to guide you through this DARK world? Will YOU not also encourage others to do the same?
Dear Lord we pray that we would take the light you have given us and shine it to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.