WHEN PEOPLE CANNOT SEE THE OBVIOUS

Has it occurred to you lately that some people cannot and will not see the obvious?  Thankfully, you see it and understand it while others drift by without notice or observation of what is plainly in sight.  Consider Mark 8:17-18:  Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?”

Honestly, people have eyes cannot see; ears, and cannot hear; brains/minds and cannot reason; hearts that cannot feel or sense.  People are blind, deaf, non-thinking, and/or insensitive and have become too common in today’s world.  It is the experience of entire communities, peoples, persuasions, races, creeds, religions, etc.   Socio-economic background is of little consequence in this matter.  Educational background does impact here either.  When people do not have the common abilities of normal senses, there will never be understanding, caring, or proper responses to the obvious situations, circumstances or conditions within their own space, community or the world.  Words will not change the focus; pictures will not adjust the reasoning; videos will not change the feelings; majority influence or friendly advice will have little to no impact. 

“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares.   If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.”  (Jeremiah 5:1 NIV)

This reality may explain why so many people prefer lies over truth.  People who quickly embrace heresy, blatant abuses of truth and reason are usually people that have been blinded or deafened to the noblest truth of reality.  There is no help for anyone who closes the mind with subsequent shutting of the eyes.

Where are our leaders?  The ones we look to for order, the execution of justice and fairness, and the implementing of laws and statutes . . . where are they when cries are heard from the least and the lost?  Where are they when injustice raises its ugly head?  Where are they after their legislative sessions and business meetings?  Are they ours, one of us or are they the possession of another?  “So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.”  But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.” (Jeremiah 5:5 NIV)

And the spiritual leaders!  Where are those voices that ring out over the airwaves as they stand in the pulpits of congregations of all faiths and beliefs in every city, town and hamlet in the land?  How will they lead their congregations as we look for vision, potential or possibility?  “The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them.” (Jeremiah 5:13 NIV)

The leader(s) may not know what to do or where to go!  Blindness and deafened ears to what is real and truth may be their experience also.  Their place as a representative of the people can easily be compromised by their inability to see what is obvious to the people they’re supposed to represent.

Someone said to me once, ‘convince a fool against his will, he’ll have the same opinion still.’  Of course, labeling of people is not my intent here.  But the thought conveyed by the statement is clearly applicable to this topic because when one argues with someone that cannot see and have little to no capacity to understand what appears open and obvious, the result will always be that person’s ‘same opinion still.’   “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 21:25 NIV)

Consider these thoughts:

  • Stop trying to convince or convict people who cannot see the obvious. Remember, they don’t see what you see!  Someone greater than you will have to change a person’s outlook on life and reality.
  • Take notice of those who hear and understand your message. If they get it, seize upon that moment to work with that person.  Your interactions may bring deeper meaning and understanding to what you both can see and observe.
  • Pray for people who don’t get it! Some things and some people must be left in the hands of God.  Remember that those people who don’t see what you see still belong to God.  It is up to Him to bring revelation and understanding to their minds and hearts.  It is NOT your responsibility to change them.
  • Be patient! The same pace with which you grasp on to matters and gain deeper understanding should be applied to others.  Wait for people the way you wait for God.  He is coming . . . in His own time.  And He is working in others as He deems purposeful to His will.  You be patient!
  • Never underestimate God’s purpose and plan for allowing blindness among His people. His thoughts are deeper than ours and His purposes are more divine and more eternal than our temporal desires.  Don’t get bent out of shape because He’s not doing what you want done when you want it done.

Don’t worry about changing what you believe or how you see the world.  When people don’t get it, it doesn’t mean that you should give up on your passions, your mission, or your pursuits for the right.  In fact, pray and ask God for more passion, a more precise mission, and a more focused pursuit of all things righteous, just, moral and holy.  Don’t let the blindness of others distract you in your efforts to bring the justice of the kingdom or the will of God to a reality here on earth.  Stay the course to “ . . . stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15:58 NIV)

Keep it real . . . stay with what God has opened your eyes to see.  It may not be popular but it will be purposeful.  And in the end, everyone will see!

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