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The blind can’t see - 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

May 29, 2011

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (GW)
3 So if the Good News that we tell others is covered with a veil, it is hidden from those who are dying.
4 The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. As a result, they don't see the light of the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who is God's image.


Time and time again my grandmother would talk to me about the wonderful things God was doing in her life. At the time, my heart was covered with a veil and I refused to believe God could care about me. Sure – he showed up in her life, but he never showed up for me. I believe that the god of this world had hardened my heart with pride and self-sufficiency so that I could not appreciate the wisdom and have the faith of my God-loving grandmother. 
I was miserable during those years because I was living a life blinded by sin. I made myself feel good about my behavior by thinking that I was a good person who did many good things for others. Many people I know think that it’s OK to live a sinful life if they do good things and go to church on Sunday.  And, as long as they don’t commit one of the deadly sins, everything is justified in their mind.
During those years, I couldn’t understand the Bible even though I tried reading it. But why would God open my eyes to his wisdom if I didn’t believe or have any faith in him? I remember thinking: Who is this Jesus? God? The Holy Spirit? What is the deal? How does it all work? I asked those questions wanting a logical answer because I didn’t believe -- even though the evidence of God’s footprint was obvious in my family’s life.
God ripped the veil off of my heart on the day that I surrendered my will and my way. 


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