Blinded by the God of This Age
Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do
not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine on them. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
When you are blinded, you cannot see things as they
really are, even though others around you see them clearly. You cannot
experience the full reality of all that is around you. You may feel you are
experiencing all that there is to life, yet you may be unaware that you are
missing what God desires for you. You may even be in danger because of your
blindness and not know it.
Paul warned that the “god of this age” can blind
you to the reality of Jesus Christ. Christ’s presence can make a significant
difference in your life. However, if Satan convinces you to doubt that Christ
can do what He promised, he will have blinded you to the reality of what your
life is really like and to what it could become. Others may see what your
unbelief causes you to miss, but you will be unaware of it. Your life may be
steadily moving toward disaster, but you will be oblivious to it.
Christ comes to you as light (John 1:4, 5, 9). He
illuminates your sin so that you see its ugliness and destructiveness. He
reveals Himself so that you can appreciate the glory of His person and the
marvelous riches He brings. His presence lights your path so that you can see
impending danger. Don’t let the god of this age distort your spiritual vision.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that everything is as it should be when, in fact,
you are missing out on so much that God wants to do in your life. Ask Christ to
illuminate your life and let you clearly see your spiritual condition.