Through the eyes of God
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
The Apostle Paul admonished believers in Corinth to be perceptive to God’s revelation. Most of the people around you have been blinded by the beliefs and philosophies of the world. When you are blinded, you lack the ability to see things clearly. There are those around you that could see things the way God see them. When this continues you are in danger of becoming blinded to the truths of God. The “god of this age” will deceive you as to what really Christ is asking you to do. He can also mislead you in your understanding of who Christ is and the eternal life He offers. This is where your relationship with Christ comes in. His life in you will make the difference. Satan’s goal is for you to start to doubt God’s love and His presence in your life. Once you get blinded about the truth of Christ, you need to get back to the knowledge of your relationship with Him. If not, your life will be headed to disaster and you will become unaware of this. Christ came to be the light of the world. His goal is to provide light to those who will trust Him. “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:4, 5). It is Christ who will provide clarity so that you will see the ugliness of sin and the folly of continuing living in darkness. “The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” It is the light of God that will guide you in your path so that you will be prevented from falling. Do not allow the God of this world to alter the path that God provided you. Do not assume that you have everything figured out. Continue to ask God to provide you clear understanding and wisdom so that you will not satisfy your selfish desires.
Noel De Guzman Westside Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA