John 9:25 “He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. There is one thing I do know: I was blind, but now I see!”
Do you know of anyone who is impaired? Working in health care, I come across individuals all the time that have some level of impairment.
What does the term impairment really indicate?
In respect to what?
Is a blind man diminished comparative to someone who’s eyes work perfectly? Are the laim unable to traverse ground, the deaf unable to communicate, or the blind unable to observe?
From a naturalistic position, you would look at an individual whom science deems “normal”, and compare others to that model. If you don’t walk, talk, or do any function that the majority of people worldwide can do, you are considered impaired in ability.
Can the blind live as long as one who can see? Of course they can. Eyesight doesn’t affect longevity nor does most other abilities to sense. Being blind can lead to death but the ability to see hasn’t stopped people from dying either. I’ve known of many who have probably extended their lives by being impaired.
The ability to see [spiritually] is God given.
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
The spiritual senses that we see manifest in people of faith are not inherent but they are God given. There is a spiritual desire for depth and meaning that I believe everyone yearns for in some form or another, the problem lies in where people seek it out. If someone seeks out a greater understanding of the spiritual through a local medium, they might have an experience that seems other-worldly but it will be from the forces of darkness. There are all kinds of demonic charlatans who pose as good and noble and yet there is an undercurrent of evil masking as the light. These imposters will tell you what you want to hear that they might gain your allegiance, hoping to entrap you in a pattern that keeps you just satisfied enough to scratch that spiritual itch that never seems to be fulfilled.
The gifts that God gives are spiritual in nature and they are good and perfect. The desire for spiritual fulfillment is shaped exactly like the Spirit of God who fills this emptiness in you. Yes, He can increase your riches, lead you into a career, or heal your diseases but those are all temporal things. The desire to live in pleasure or comfort are ones that He supplies as we seek out the much greater gifts He has reserved for those who seek them.
Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
When I was in college, I used to frequently go up on a local mountain. I got married a year out of high school and so I was commuting to school every day and had to find time between classes to study….the mountain was a quiet location where few people resided.
I found a trail just outside of town that I could pack my books up to and at the top of the hill was a bench that overlooked the city below. Nearby was a signpost that described the local mountains which were visible from that position and the quietness and solitude helped me stay focused. I remember looking down on the city below, the cars and people seemed so small and insignificant. I remember thinking to myself, “how can all that mess create so much stress in my life?”
The mountain top perspective helped me realize that my problems weren’t as significant as I had assumed they were.
How can we see beyond our senses?
Looking into the book of James may give some insight.
James 3:13-18 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
- Wisdom and understanding are made evident by our conduct. If we live like fools, if we live for ourselves and continue dwelling in sin. We would have a hard time convincing anyone that we are full of wisdom if our conduct says otherwise.
- Wisdom can be had and not acted upon. Solomon never held anything back from himself. Was that wise? I think looking back he realized that it wasn’t wise, although he grew wiser for it, at the time it was a bad idea. The women in his life promoted idolatry, the people grew self-indulgent and embraced idolatry, the world around him grew jealous of his riches and eventually took them. You can have all the wisdom in this world and still live like a fool.
- Being honest with who you are helps in growth and maturity. If you can never hold yourself to God’s standard because of pride or the fear of losing what you have, you will never grow past your current state. Recognizing the need for change allows change to happen, it allows others in your life, and opens the door to other possibilities that you might have been closed off before.
- When you walk in God’s wisdom, you walk in His perfection. When others see evidence of godliness in you, it creates a desire to worship the Lord in them, it draws others to Him, and places you in a position of honor not envy.
- When you live in Godly wisdom, you bear His fruit. The fruit you bear will be attributes of righteousness that reveal the tree from which it was produced.
Do you want to live in peace? What we witness in James is the path to do so.
Living in Peace
Living in the Peace of God reveals itself in:
Many would trade all that they have to acquire these attributes of peace.
Aren’t the reasons for seeking out riches, relationships, or respect tied up in one or more of these godly virtues?
We have the knowledge of how to get there…it comes down to changing your course. When or if you make those changes, you will wonder why you were ever fearful or waited so long.
The path to godly insight starts with allowing the Lord to create this vision in you. The Holy Spirit imparts this ability to see, your requirement is to submit to Him. A humble and contrite spirit is how you approach the Throne of God, He then begins to do the leading….you simply follow.
He loves you…He wants you to know His goodness. Trust Him for it and you will have the spiritual vision necessary to navigate this world of darkness.