It's All About Me, Right?1
by Matthew Waldrop
Brian Sorgenfrei came and spoke on Sunday at church about a passage from 2 Kings with the title of his sermon being “The Gift of Sight.” I’m going to be paraphrasing a little bit as we go down, but now would be a good time for you to stop reading and listen to this sermon on our website before continuing. Go ahead, I will wait.
Now that you have listened to the sermon, I hopefully won’t completely butcher the message. There were 3 main points to the sermon that describe blindness that we experience as people living in this world.
- Blindness is characterized by thinking God doesn’t exist or that he doesn’t care.
How often in our lives do we think that maybe God has forgotten about us or doesn’t care about things in our life because they are so small in the big picture? I know for me, I’m a control freak and always think that “God has a lot of bigger issues than this in my life so I’m going to take care of it myself” when in reality, he really does care because it matters to us.
This hit home for me this week. Sarah is pregnant and has been chugging along through the sickness like a champ… until this weekend…. On her birthday. My thought the whole time was that we can pump her full of liquids and rest, so she can make a full recovery. I thought we could be in control and take care of the situation, and then Sarah stopped me Sunday night and just asked me to pray over her right then.
Why didn’t I think of that?
We prayed. The church prayed. Family prayed. She went to the doctor and we are all good to go. Thank you, Jesus.
- Blindness means thinking that we are alone.
It is sad and depressing sometimes when you have a feeling of loneliness. The cool thing about Jesus is that he is always here and around us, but sometimes we just don’t see it.
Going back to the Sarah example. We always knew our family, friends, and church loved us, but y’all came ready to play this week and we felt so loved. We received calls and texts non-stop, so I just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciated it. How crazy is it that we can be so loved by so many people? That was truly humbling to say the least.
- Blindness is thinking that God is against us and wants to destroy us.
My biggest take away from this point was that, as Christians, God reveals himself to us by giving us the gift of sight which ends with blessings and joy. Elisha prayed for God to open the eyes of his people, so they could see, and he did. They won the battle and actually had a feast with the enemy. How cool is that?
My prayer this week is that God will continue to reveal himself to me through his word and others so that I can rest in his grace and be at peace.