Blindness

January 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

If your area are reading this post, then you (like me) believe you can see. Yet, your belief (and mine) are false! We are all blind! None us of ourselves can see. It is the Lord, and the Lord, alone who sees:

It is the very same with man: it is his spirit that sees, not his eye: the spirit sees through the eye. . . . The case is the very same in regard to this interior sight, or that of the spirit; this again does not see from itself, but from a still more interior sight, or that of man’s rational. Nay, neither does this see of itself, but does so from a still more internal sight, which is that of the internal man. And even this does not see of itself, for it is the Lord who sees through the internal man, and He is the Only One who sees because He is the Only One who lives, and He it is who gives man the ability to see, and this in such a manner that it appears to him as if he saw of himself. (AC 1954.2)

It is our egos, our propriums, that insist we can see. We do not wish to admit that we are blind. Yet our vision can only see a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Our vision is limited to things within a certain distance, and to things of a certain size. There is so much of the world we can not and do not see. 

It is no different in spiritual matters. We are also spiritually blind. We only catch small glimpses of the Lord and all that He does. We do not truly see how He reforms and regenerates us.

We need to become humble and to admit to our blindness. Only then can the Lord do as He promised in Isaiah:

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them. (Isa. 42.15; NIV)

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