January 12 – Satan Blinds

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Ironically, I am writing this from a waiting room at the Wooster Eye Clinic.  I am waiting on a patient who is receiving a new lens.  Vision in that particular eye is foggy at best.  The new lens is designed to restore good eyesight.

Meanwhile, there is a spiritual parallel to that foggy vision in the lives of many.  The “god of this age,” Satan, blinds the eyes of unbelievers so that they do not recognize the hope of the gospel and the glory of Jesus.  If you have placed faith in Christ, you likely find it difficult to understand why others can’t grasp the simplicity of the message and why they don’t embrace the Savior of the world.  Here is, at least, part of the answer.  They are incapable because Satan clouds their minds and blinds their eyes to the hope that God has made available.

Even though Satan clouds the vision and confuses the thinking of unbelievers, vision and clear-mindedness can be restored.  God’s power is greater than Satan’s.  He shines into the hearts of people so that the light of the knowledge of Christ illuminates their hearts (v. 6).  His Spirit can break through the blindness so that a person is convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8).

If God is stronger and He does illuminate understanding and open blind eyes, one might conclude that God always wins and that every person would become a believer.  Of course, you know that not to be the case.  Reality is that people still reject Christ, in spite of the conviction and illumination that God gives.  In addition to Satan’s blinding power, there are still the twin (and seemingly contradictory) realities of human free will and God’s sovereign choice.

Who do you know that is currently blinded by the god of this age?  Pray that their blinders fall away like scales from their eyes.  Engage them in conversation.  Plead with them on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to the Father (2 Cor. 5:20).

sbk

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