Like many men, my wonderful hubby suffers with a terrible affliction – he has “man-eyes”. Yes, he is a man and he does have eyes, but they don’t work very well in certain situations. Even though he has to wear prescription eye glasses, he can spot a hawk soaring in the sky half a kilometer away, but the poor man can’t see things that are right in front of his nose. His vision seems to be particularly blurry when looking inside cupboards, closets and drawers. If the saying “if it had teeth it would have bitten you” was true, my poor hubby would be bearing a hundred different bite marks on his face and hands. I can’t tell you how many times I have found him standing staring blankly into a cupboard or closet with a very bewildered look on his face. If I want him to find something, I almost have to give him GPS co-ordinates to the object. He sometimes realizes that he is suffering such an episode and he will plaintively call out to me, “Honey, I can’t find …. I must be using my man-eyes”. Poor soul!
Unfortunately, “man-eyes” is an affliction from which much of mankind suffers. I am referring to the spiritual short-sightedness, and indeed, blindness with which most of mankind, whether male or female, child or adult, suffers from. Most people don’t even manage to “see what’s right in front of their noses”, never mind looking deeper into the things beyond this physical world.
Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes. We stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in deserted places like dead men.
Helen Keller is quoted as saying, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” I find that in life, many people “see” without really seeing. And that even if and when they do look, they use “tunnel vision” or walk around “with blinders on”, meaning that they look at things through the filters of ignorance, arrogance, fear, pride, prejudice, selfishness, culture and tradition.
God calls people who choose to not see truth – foolish:
Jer 5:21 Now hear this, O foolish people and without heart; who have eyes and see not; who have ears and hear not;
God is not talking about people who are physically blind and/or deaf; He is talking about those people who see and hear His truth but who refuse to accept, believe and obey it.
Joh 12:37 But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they did not believe on Him,
Mat 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.
Mat 13:15 for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
God regards such people as fools.
Being a fool is bad enough, but being a fool and thinking oneself knowledgable and then leading others to partake of that foolishness, is a “velly, velly bad thing” in the eyes of God. Being a fool causes not only yourself to stumble but also everyone else who is following you.
Mat 15:14 … They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Rom 2:19,20 and persuading yourselves to be a guide of the blind, a light to those in darkness; an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who have the form of knowledge and of the truth in the Law.
In the preceding scripture, the apostle Paul is speaking to Jews in Rome (most likely Pharisees) who believe themselves to be holy, righteous and knowledgeable in the scriptures and thus in position to be teaching others less “informed” than they. Notice how Paul says that they had “persuaded” themselves that this was so. In other word, they were practicing self-deception – they were fooling themselves. Paul also described them as having the “form” of knowledge and truth in the law. They may have looked good on the outside, but there was something “rotten in the state of Denmark” (Hamlet) on the inside.
The Pharisees spiritual pride and blindness led them to hypocrisy and sin.
Joh 9:40, 41 And those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, Are we also blind? Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, We see. Therefore your sin remains.
Even Jesus’ disciples suffered the occasional attack of spiritual “man-eyes”.
Mar 8:15 – 28 And He charged them, saying, Take heed! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no loaves. And knowing it, Jesus said to them, Why do you reason that it is because you have no loaves? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Have you still hardened your heart? Do you have eyes and do not see? Do you have ears and do not hear? And do you not remember?
The disciples had witnessed Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes yet here they were thinking that he was concerned because they had only brought one loaf of bread with them. (which is not the lesson he was trying to teach them anyways) I wonder if at times, Jesus felt like banging his forehead in frustration? I know that there have been times when I have given my hubby explicit instructions on where to find something and yet he will still stand in front of the cupboard and tell me that he can’t find the item, at which point I ever so “cheerfully” get up, go over and immediately pick up said item. Of course, I would never say “do you have eyes and do not see?????”!!! (well – maybe I have said it once or twice) And then I pray ,”Lord, that his eyes may be opened!”
But seriously, I do pray that my husband’s spiritual eyes, and those of all our loved ones, would be opened so that they would perceive, see and accept God’s truth.
Psa 146:8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
Mat 20:33 They said to Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
Jesus said that he was sent to give new sight to the blind. While he did heal and restore people’s physical blindness, I believe that Jesus was speaking about bringing spiritual light and understanding.
Luk 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed,
Jesus says that we are blessed when we have and use that Godly, spiritual sight.
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
Luk 10:23 And He turned to His disciples and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see.
If seeing God’s truth brings blessing, why do people choose to remain blind to it?
Joh 12:42, 43 Still, however, even out of the rulers, many did believe on Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.
People choose to remain blind because they are more concerned about what other people think; they are worried about losing prestige, power, position, influence, and relationships. These worldly things are more important to them than the things of God. They would rather have “man-eyes” than “God-eyes”.
It’s like sitting in a pitch dark room in which you know there is a lamp but you refuse to turn it on – so you just go on sitting in the dark. When you refuse to accept Jesus, who is the Light, you remain in spiritual darkness.
Jesus came to take away our spiritual blindness, our worldly “man-eyes”, and deliver us from spiritual darkness. He came to restore our sight so that we would see the light of God’s love and truth.
Joh 12:44 But Jesus cried out and said, He who believes on Me does not believe on Me but on Him who sent Me.
Joh 12:45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.
Joh 12:46 I have come as a Light into the world, so that whoever believes on Me should not remain in darkness.
I pray for all those who suffer from worldly “man-eyes”, that the Lord will open the eyes of the blind so that they may join Simeon in joyful confession and say as he did when he saw Jesus at the temple:
Luk 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your Salvation.
P.S. – Hubby is getting his eyes checked tomorrow, so maybe there is yet hope for a cure for his “man-eyes”? LOL