July 31 Spiritual Blindness

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3–6

Key Verses: Matthew 13:15–16

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.

When telling of his conversion experience, the apostle Paul always included the footnote that he was a “Hebrew of Hebrews.”

The people of Paul’s day understood exactly what he was trying to convey. His terminology gave evidence that he was a well-educated Jewish purebred.

From the time of his birth, Paul was taught to think within the confines of the Law of Moses. As a young man, he spent his days in the synagogue where he studied under Gamaliel, one of history’s greatest Jewish scholars.

His debates among Stoic philosophers underscored his vast knowledge. But in reality, Paul was quite blind. Mentally he might have been on the borderline of brilliance, but spiritually he lived in darkness. Only Jesus Christ could provide Paul with an education that would change not only his own life, but the lives of all who followed his teaching.

God’s true wisdom and knowledge cannot be found in a human textbook. You may have a “degree of degrees”; but until you sit in God’s classroom, you are living in spiritual blindness. Ask God to remove the scales from your eyes that may keep you in spiritual blindness. Open your heart to study His Word, and you will find the key to true understanding.

Dear heavenly Father, I can’t make this journey if I cannot see the way. Let the light of Your Word clear up my spiritual blindness. Remove the scales from my eyes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 222). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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