Devotion of the Day

Blinded By “Seeing”

For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
John 9:39

This terrifying pronouncement ought to jolt some complacent souls today. It grows out of that dramatic incident in which the Pharisees, religious, separated, praying Bible scholars, called Jesus a sinner, while a poor blind man, just healed, eagerly and immediately believed on Him as the Son of God. The application does not end in John. Churchmen, deacons, trustees, even ministers, who say, “We see,” have failed to know Jesus when He passed by in the day of their visitation, while some poor sinner who knew no theology has gladly cried, “I believe.” The possibilities in the meaning of this verse are alarming and could cause consternation in some well-ordered church on Sunday morning were some man of the street to get saved to the disgust, maybe, of a chief elder.

Beware that you are not blinded by your “sight,” saying, “I see,” while “your sin remaineth.”

Quote of the Day

On the farm of my boyhood days, we had an old horse named Bert. I observed that Bert never seemed enthusiastic when we started out in the morning, for he knew that a day’s hard work lay ahead. But, believe it or not, in the late afternoon, when by all odds Bert should have been tired, he climbed the old hill back to the barn with amazing alacrity. I have often reflected that if an old horse knows when he is headed home and joyfully treads his way at sundown, should not we pilgrims of earth, who seek a City, walk liveliest when we near the other side?

One sweetly solemn thought
Comes to me o’er and o’er,
I am nearer home today
Than I’ve ever been before.
– Phoebe Cary
“When my thoughts wax warm about whither I am going,” as Christian put it in Bunyan’s immortal classic, I should quicken my pace. The impetus of the homeward trudge!