Thursday, August 6
Scripture: Zephaniah 1-3, John 9
John 9:39 Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”
In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind on the Sabbath and is taken to task by the Pharisees. They believe Jesus is a sinner since he worked on the Sabbath, and they tried multiple times to deny or discredit the miracle. This is a profound blindness! To see a blind man who is now seeing and not be able to see it! Their particular theological prejudices (several show up in the story) keep them from seeing the obvious: that Jesus had done a remarkable miracle that validated his claims.
All of us have blind spots. We are all blinded by our prejudices, our beliefs, our assumptions, our self-righteousness. And of course, we are blind to our blindness. Jesus came to give us sights—to open our minds and hearts to God and to each other. And to show those who think they see (that’s me, that’s us) that we are blind.
I don’t know what I don’t know. Lately, one of my recurring thoughts has been, “Be curious.” Set aside your assumptions, your knowledge, your conclusions, and just be curious. Be a listener and a learner. It’s the way to sight, to overcoming my blindness.
Prayer: Lord, I’m often like the Pharisees. My mind is made up and even hard cold facts won’t change me. I’m blind to what’s standing right in front of me, blinded by my self-righteousness. Forgive me, heal me, help me see.