Friday, December 22, 2006

"I see men, but they look like trees, walking."

Mark 8:22-26 (ESV) Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking." 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village."

Okay, so I'm on a D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones kick. In the third chapter of his book on "Spiritual Depression," he writes about believers who are not fully discerning and who are not fully discernable as disciples. They know the truth, but they don't really believe and understand it yet. They see, but only as if they see men like trees. They don't yet perceive reality through the eyes of Christ or they are not fully engaged. Sometimes it is an area of a lack of submission to the authority of scripture, sometimes it is a lack of discipline. Overall, it amounts to knowing of God and about God, but not KNOWING GOD, truly, intimately. Certainly, I can identify with this. I know the truth of doctrine, but so often I don't really live it out.

Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes on to write that there are 2 common mistakes: 1 - to run out and proclaim: I can see, I cans see! prematurely - before we have full sight. Or 2 - to become paralyzed by the knowledge that we are not fully perceiving, to feel hopeless, and to want to give up. Wow! Do I teeter totter back and forth between these two or what?

He asks us: "Do you believe that the Son of God came from heaven and lived and did all He did on earth, that He died on the Cross and was buried and rose again, that He ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit, in order to leave us in a state of confusion? It is impossible."

So what does the good doctor order here?

"Come to Him, come to His Word, wait upon Him, plead with Him, hold on to Him, ask Him in the words of the hymn:

'Holy Spirit, Truth Divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine,
Word of God, and inward Light,
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.'

Much to ponder this evening. dw

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