Yesterday I opened my laptop and discovered that at some point (I don’t even know when) my laptop screen got cracked. The day before, I closed the lid and everything seemed to be fine. Now it has a hideous black spot that blocks out about 10% of my viewing area!
At first I thought, “I can still see most of the screen, I can live with this”. But the reality as I am finding out (even as I type this) is that the 10% is very important. The right side of paragraphs are cut off, any menu or margin on the right side is unreadable, and although I want to ignore it I find that impossible as my attention seems to constantly be drawn to it. I am finding that I am severely disadvantaged and my productivity is suffering from this black ball of nuisance!
It made me think of the spiritual blind spots that we develop over time. We are going along and every thing seems fine then BOOM, without notice there is a blind spot. You may not know how it got there or what caused it. The sudden revelation is such a great disappointment for us! I mean usually we don’t see the blind spot (hence the name). But it is shown to us by a friend, spouse, crisis, or circumstance in dramatic form. At that point we really have two choices before us:
1.) Continue to ignore it, pretending it isn’t a big deal.
2.) Do the work it takes to fix it.
In 2 Samuel 12, God used the rebuke of the prophet Nathan to show David that God was not willing to let him ignore his sin. David tried to conceal his sin with Bathsheba by having her husband Uriah killed. Even though David loved God he fell into some sin and rather than dealing with it he thought he could make it go away. David’s “blind spot” was that he would seek fulfillment in something other than God. This sin was exciting to David’s flesh but it didn’t, rather, it couldn’t fulfill him. Only God could fill the void David was seeking.
When his septic tank of sin was revealed in poetic form by Nathan, David could have run away, pretending it was no big deal or he could repent and trust himself to God to be restored. We see in the story that David chose to turn to God and repent. “I have sinned against the LORD,” he said. Then Nathan gave him such good news! It is news that you and I can trust for ourselves today! “The LORD has put away your sin,” Nathan said. This is the essence of the Gospel; that God saves sinners. It’s not, be sinless and earn the approval of God. We will never earn that by our two seconds of sinlessness strung together. Jesus’ love is bigger than our sin and His sacrifice on the cross is sufficient to absorb that sin completely should we put our trust in Him. God pursues us to turn our hearts back to Him and away from trying to find fulfillment in something other than God.
What will you do when “blind spots” show up?
What chance do you have of seeing them?
I thank God for:
- The word of God that shows me truth. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The “Nathans” in my life that show me what I am unwilling to see. (1 Peter 2:11)
- A great community at The Avenue Church that accepts me, despite my sins, and seeks Jesus with me. (Hebrews 10:25, Ephesians 4:32)
- A loving Father (God) who is not willing to let me remain in sin. (1 John 3)
- A Savior who promises that when I repent and turn to Him, He will forgive, purify and empower me! (1 John 1:9)