Spiritual blindness incurable? This section closes with a statement from the Pharisees that makes me think so.
Jesus healed two blind men. He said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ Again as in the last scene, there is a desperation associated with this faith, a sense of ‘nowhere else to turn.’ For effective prayer, I need this sense of dependency, a sense of “you God are my only hope.” If I approach God with a backup plan in mind, my prayer will not be answered—guaranteed!
Then after healing the two blind men, he cast out a demon so that a mute man can now speak.
The Pharisees attributed this to an association with the prince of demons. Elsewhere Jesus points out the stupidity and absurdity of this in Matthew 12:25-28. Their level of absurdity indicates the severity of their pride and spiritual blindness, Proverbs 26:12.
Pride chokes faith and causes spiritual blindness. The spiritual blindness of the Pharisees resulted from years of self inflicted spiritual pride. Sometimes like the synagogue ruler in the last posting, a major crisis enables a person trapped in pride to reject a life foundation of self and pride. Without rejection of pride, spiritual blindness is incurable.
Is spiritual blindness incurable? Yes, as long as we avoid God and insist on our own way.
Overcoming Pride the Cause of Spiritual Blindness
I have found the following practice a good way to overcome spiritual blindness and pride of all kinds.
- I have spent long sessions in prayer confessing my pride and asking God to keep me aware of it and show it to me when it rises up.
- When I sense it, I confess it immediately and ask God to heal me of it.
- I use Psalm 131 as a baseline of my emotional stability and peace. When I deviate from it, I ask God to heal me and bring back to his peace.
- Almost always if I sense tension and strife in my life, pride is there. Proverbs 13:10
- I repeat step two as frequently as necessary.
Read Matthew 9:27-34
- Do I feel angry, upset, or tense? What am I possibly prideful about?
- What is to be gained by keeping my pride? Why would I want to remain in this condition?
- Is being right about something worth being angry, upset, and tense?
- Is winning worth being angry, upset, or tense?
- Why do I think I’m better qualified to deal with this than God?
- Who wins if I give this over to God to work out?
Father, heal my spiritual blindness and pride. I confess that sometimes I forget who knows best. You see all and know all across time and space. I give this over to you. I confess my pride and ask that you heal me. Heal me to experience your peace and to demonstrate your love. I give all of my plans and understanding over to you. Burn away what is foolish. Give me wisdom and your sight and heal my blindness.