Psa. 8:1 ¶ O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
It’s easy for a Christian to forget just how blind they were before their conversion. We could never really read the Bible, it had no interest to us. If you attended church it was only out of duty, the shorter the service the better. As far as living a life free from sinful behavior, the trend was to get as close as we deemed it would be acceptable from our personal convictions. All of that changed suddenly at our conversion but sometimes we just can’t remember how blind we were. The people we are around every day are often totally, spiritually blind. God’s glory is all around in creation but they can’t see it. Jesus is living and speaking through His written word but not having ears to hear they can’t hear. The testimony of their friends who were converted is right under their noses but they cannot catch a whiff of the sweetness of Christ. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this spiritual blindness.
“If we believe that God is the Lord, we must avouch and acknowledge him to be ours. He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. He must be ours, for we are bound to obey him and submit to him; we must own the relation, not only when we come to pray to God, as a plea with him to show us mercy, but when we come to praise him, as an argument with ourselves to give him glory: and we shall never think we can do that with affection enough if we consider… How brightly God’s glory shines even in this lower world: How excellent is his name in all the earth! The works of creation and Providence evince and proclaim to all the world that there is an infinite Being, the fountain of all being, power, and perfection, the sovereign ruler, powerful protector, and bountiful benefactor of all the creatures. How great, how illustrious, how magnificent, is his name in all the earth! The light of it shines in men’s faces every where; if they shut their eyes against it, that is their fault.”
Even for Christians, partial blindness has a tendency to set in. Our ears can become dull to His voice, our eyes become glossed over to His brilliance, and our hearts become cold to His wooing. What is our solution? Recognize spiritual apathy for what it is; call out to the Lord and seek Him in worship, His word, and in His church.