Monday, March 16, 2020
[T]he god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
A few years ago I took my family to the beautiful Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to witness the live production Noah’s Ark. When Noah’s neighbors were mocking him for building the ark, I thought about what that biblical scene must have involved. How could the neighbors still refuse Noah’s invitation after seeing the animals arrive in pairs and walk into the ark?!
They had heard Noah’s message—only for the past 120 years. They had been warned of God’s coming wrath. But even when they eventually saw dark clouds forming, they refused to make a reservation on the ark until it was too late.
How blind . . . how tragic.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians to remember that their culture (and any culture) had been blinded by “the god of this world [Satan] . . . so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
There are many consequences to rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Immediately we lose the ability to interpret reality in light of God’s revealed truth. As one Puritan leader remarked long ago, “The man who deliberately shuts his eyes against the light of Truth shall gradually lose the power of seeing.”
But Satan isn’t just in the business of blinding unbelievers to the Gospel—he is determined to blind believers in a different way. He wants to lure us into a state of spiritual lethargy where nodding heads and drooping eyes no longer glimpse the glory of Christ . . . the glory of His creation . . . the holiness of His character.
Satan delights in surrounding us with sounds and activities that dull our senses and put us to slumbering. He parades the culture of Vanity Fair in front of us so we grow more accustomed to—and linger more affectionately on—the attractions of Babylon, rather than the green pastures of fellowship with Christ.
In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were camping outside one night when Holmes suddenly awakened Watson. “Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what deductions you can make.”
Watson responded, “Well, I see millions of stars. I suppose that if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite possible there are some planets like earth. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life.”
To that Holmes responded, “Watson, you idiot . . . somebody stole our tent!”
What will you see today? Will you be blinded by the sin that you rationalize away? Will philosophy or science shutter your eyes of faith from fully believing Scripture?
The devil did everything he could in Noah’s day to keep people from seeing the truth of God’s actions and warnings and, most of all, His gracious invitation.
Consider this a wake-up call. While the world around you is blind to Gospel truth, make sure you open the eyes of your heart today. Focus your attention on the Lord, who deserves your adoration and loyalty above anything else. Carefully watch Him . . . you won’t miss anything else.
Prayer Point: Pray for ears to hear and a heart to apply what God will teach you through His Word today.
Extra Refreshment: Read Isaiah’s prolific descriptions of God throughout Isaiah 40, as he calls us to lift up our eyes to the heavens.