August 9 – 5 – Blinded

Read 2 Corinthians 4:4

When I was just out of high school, I was involved in a somewhat serious mountain biking accident. As I was being shuttled to the hospital, my vision tunneled into complete darkness. At nineteen my mind immediately jumped to the worst possible diagnosis. I had hit my head so hard that I was now blind. Within minutes I also began to go deaf… and the next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital. My dad was sitting in a chair next to me. I had suffered a pretty severe concussion along with some road rash but I was so thankful to have regained my vision.

I’ve read today’s verse several times throughout my life, and for the majority of them I have focused on how conniving the “god of this world” is. What an evil and frustrating game he plays in blinding the minds of unbelievers from the light of the gospel. But this morning after being reminded of my biking story… my focus turned onto the actual victims of the verse:

The Blinded.

What a hopeless feeling that must be. I take for granted being brought up in a Christian home. I don’t know that I can comprehend that kind of silent, spiritual void. I think of this last year and how much I have relied on my personal relationship with Jesus to get me through on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. My relationship isn’t perfect but it is real. It is something I can grasp hold of. It is one that the enemy would have loved to prevent from ever happening.

Today let’s pray for the unbelievers whose minds are being blinded by the enemy. We pray with a broken heart…Christ’s heart. How devastating to have lived so many years without once feeling “a peace that transcends all understanding”. (Philippians 4:7).

“Lord give us compassion to ‘see’ the unbeliever’s blindness, their circumstances, their hardships and perspective. We wait with patience in Your process.”

And make no mistake, we will rejoice when the blind finally see their “Dad” sitting bedside. He was always there.

Our God is faithful.

What are you doing to share the gospel with and influence such people for Christ?

Nate Torrence

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