56. Appendix D: Blinders
God rewards us when we recognize, confess and repent (regret/mourn) our ignorance. The first and third beatitudes confirm that promise (Matthew 5:3,5). The problem most people have is recognizing their ignorance before it leads to disastrous consequences. Once we know we have done something dumb, and suffer from the mistake we can repent (mourn) our ignorance.
If we could realize our intellectual deficiencies in advance of our calamity, we would rush to get whatever information we lack. But, we are blind to our own faults. Why is that? Why can't we see ourselves more clearly and minister to our own needs?
It seems as if there are two reasons. First, we are born ignorant. Lacking information, we must accumulate facts from experience. Experience includes both what we are taught by others and also what we learn on our own - by ourselves.
Learning is a fun facet of human nature. We all enjoy doing it. We just don't enjoy learning which requires hard disciplined study. We prefer education from easy and entertaining visual aids.
Why, then, when learning is fun, do we often find ourselves refusing to learn? There are times when our minds are closed to new ideas, especially spiritual ideas. Why did you wait so long to look seriously into the nature of God?
The second reason for our spiritual blinding is that Satan does not want us to understand the greater things of God. If we are blind to God's truth, or refuse to look past what we already know, we get no more blessings.
Paul explained this in his second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 4, verse 4 (RSV). "In their case the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God."
We must resolve to keep our minds open to new revelations from God. Our minds must be set on, "I don't want to miss anything God has for me. I shall look for his hand and mind in all things, at all times."
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