Our scripture this week is John 9:1-41.
Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
Jesus tells the Pharisees (and us) “the blind will see and those who see will become blind” (v. 39). He teaches that those who seek the Lord as if they were blind will find Him, because they are relying on His strength, not their own. Those who trust their own knowledge, like this group of Pharisees, will find they are blind to the way of the Lord.
While this story appears to focus on Jesus healing a man of physical blindness, it points to our inability to find our way spiritually without knowing Him. We are in such a time right now, finding our own knowledge and strength are not equal to the challenge we face without faith.
Jesus reaches out to show us the way, to end our blind groping in darkness, wanting us to know Him and live in the light. It has been said there are none so blind as they who will not see, and Jesus expresses this to those who refuse to see His goodness and mercy for us. We must be willing to let go of our own path and plans to move forward to what God has promised us.
Loving Lord, we struggle like those who are blind, relying on our own feeble knowledge to lead us. Open our eyes to see the wonderful blessing You have waiting for us. Amen.