See For Yourself…

How trustworthy are your eyes? Let’s check your eyesight before we read about a man in John 9 who had no sight.

These three cars are different sizes right?

cars pic

Nope, they’re the same size!

cars

Stare at the black cross and you’ll see a green dot rotating.

rotating dot

Now try to look at the green dot…it’s gone.

Now look at these rotating circles. While reading this line, they appear to be rotating one way. But when you look right at them…

which direction

Weird huh? . The beauty of God’s creation is experienced mainly through our eyes. Though, our eyes aren’t always trustworthy. Our brains fill in missing information from our eyes based on our real-life experiences. That’s why optical illusions trick us so easily. The information our eyes send to our brains overrides every other sense. Watch this baffling YouTube video to help you understand how we can’t always trust our vision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lN8vWm3m0

Even though your ears should be hearing the Truth, the information that your eyes are sending to your brain will literally TRICK your ears into hearing something different. The last sentence: “Sometimes our sense of vision takes over, enabling us to maintain a coherent view of the world.”

We see Jesus heal a man who was born blind in John 9 (click to read the full story!). Jesus puts mud in his eyes and tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. After he does this, he is cured. But everybody’s eyes deceive them: “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Their sight confused their brains so much that their brains betrayed their eyes: “No, he only looks like him.” the people answer. The evidence before their eyes was unbelievable to them.

Allow yourself to see the world not as your earthly eyes have trained you to see it, but how God sees it. That’s why Romans 12:2 states “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (not your eyes), that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Do not allow yourself to believe the devil’s illusions that “God’s hand is not at work in this world today.” Just because your eyes see “powerful” people, don’t believe the illusion that you are too small or young (David) or too ineloquent (Moses) to make a difference in God’s Kingdom. Don’t let your eyes deceive you into believing that God is not at work in Houston or in Nepal (don’t forget, in Job, it was Satan who sent the whirlwind that swept up his sons and daughters). Remember Genesis 50:20 “You have meant evil against me, but God has meant it for good.”

The next time you look at someone in need, don’t see a person. See Jesus. (Matthew 25:35-40)

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2 thoughts on “See For Yourself…

  1. Ouch! Mind…blown! I love how you pointed out that our eyes are both a primary means of experiencing God’s glory and a primary source of deception from the enemy, so it’s the MIND BEHIND THE EYES that must be transformed.

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  2. Great stuff Dan! Our eyes are so constrained to what we see in this world. So often my I have a hard time seeing past what’s right in front of me. I love Trane’s comment. Mind blown!

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