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Can you see it?

By Rev Bill Trindle on April 18, 2016 0 Comments

Can you see it?

The picture you’re looking at is just one of many that is used to see if a person is color blind or not. If you can see the red question mark, then you pass the test; at least for this particular color or shade of red.

I have a friend who is totally color blind, all he sees is “grayscale” or different shades of white to black (light or dark shades of gray). His condition often leaves him uncertain or sometimes confused.

My friend hates the colors pink and purple. On many occasions I would just stare at him like I was confused and he would respond by saying, “What?”. I’d look at him and say, “I didn’t think you liked pink, so why are you wearing that pink shirt?” He’d get all mad and start blaming his wife for dressing him in pink, knowing he hates that color.

I’d have to calm him down and tell him I was just joking. Then I’d make fun of his hatred for something he obviously couldn't see. It was just a learned response, that he heard other people make; they hated it, so he must hate it too!

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)”

Until a person is “born again”, they are like my friend who is totally color blind. God can do all kinds of things, even stand right in front of them and they can’t see it. Their response is often predictable; a learned response of unbelief. They usually repeat phrases or statements that they have heard other people say.

My friend learned to guess what certain colors were, though it was always a guess. He’d say things like, I think this is blue or some other color; but he always had to ask someone to confirm his choice, many times he was wrong.

This is how many people go through life, not sure what is God and what isn’t! Often, finding themselves in devastating situations; wondering why God did this or that, when in all reality it wasn’t God at all. Or, they are never certain if God is leading them or not, always seeking someone else’s advise; “is this God or not?”

Other people, just deny the existence of God, simply because they just can’t see. Blinded by the fact, that just like color blindness is an inherited condition, so is our spiritual condition. When we were born into this fallen world, we inherited Adam’s fallen nature, which left us blind to God and the spiritual realm.

This is why Jesus said, “You must be born again!” Until the Holy Spirit does a work on us, we can’t see the kingdom of God and its operations. He is capable of clearing up our sight, so we can see. Just like the verse in Amazing Grace, “I was blind, but now I see!”

Are you like my friend, blind to certain things, dependant on others for spiritual matters; always guessing, but not sure. Repeating what others have said about God; good or bad? Are you just guessing what is God or can you see?

 

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