For those of us who have normal vision, blindness is something we rarely consider. According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people suffer from some form of visual impairment, and nearly 40 million are functionally blind. It’s difficult for most of us to imagine the challenges they face, or what it’s like to never be able to see the faces of loved ones or a beautiful sunset or a delicate flower. There is no way that a person born without vision could possibly know what a rose “looks” like, since they cannot touch or smell color.
Speaking of color, what about a more subtle form of blindness? It is estimated that color blindness affects around 32 million Americans. When a person is color blind, they cannot see color as it is, or can’t distinguish between red and green or between blue and yellow. Those who are affected by color blindness perceive the world not as it actually is, but as they view it in their mind.
But there is an even worse form of blindness that affects nearly 100 percent of us, and those who suffer from it often fail to recognize the symptoms. I am talking about spiritual blindness. Spiritual blindness is a condition in which we are completely blind to the important matters of life or we have a distorted view of them—much like a color-blind person. We walk through our daily lives tripping over addictions, stumbling into relationships and falling into the pit of unbridled desire. Then we wonder why we hurt and suffer.
In the book of Isaiah God calls out to us when He says, “I, the LORD, invite you to come and talk it over. Your sins are scarlet red, but they will be whiter than snow” [Isaiah 1:18, Contemporary English Version]. This is an amazing and compassionate God who wants to talk with His children—children who have become blind to the penalty of lawlessness while missing out on the blessings of obedience.
Why is there so much spiritual blindness in our world? It is because of Satan, the god of this world. The apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Corinth: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4, King James Version].
If you want to acquire spiritual vision, you must take action. As God said, “I invite you to come and talk it over.” Talk is a dialogue between two minds, yours and God’s. Get on your knees each day and talk to God. Tell Him your frustrations and your challenges. When you are done talking, it is time to listen. Open your Bible and listen to what God has to say to you. It is a personal message.
Keep up this communication, and you will notice a change. As you deepen your relationship with your Creator, you will begin to see life with a fresh outlook. Your blindness will slowly fade until you see with razor-sharp spiritual vision.
If you need help along the way, we would love to be of assistance. Life, Hope & Truth exists to help eliminate the spiritual blindness that grips our planet and to announce a new era of light and spiritual vision known as the Kingdom of God. Please visit this website often to help you on your journey from darkness to light.
Take this important first step today—which many others have taken before you—and join the people of God in seeing a life with purpose and unobstructed spiritual vision.
For Life, Hope & Truth, I am Britton Taylor.