Acts 9:10 – 19 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, … Verses 17-18 (NIV)
In your spiritual journey have you ever encountered a Christian who knew everything? He had all the right answers, all the right interpretation, all the right theology and it seemed your views had no value whatsoever. We used to call him “Brother Sandpaper” because he rubbed everyone the wrong way.
Before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul had been sure he had perfect vision and all the answers about God. Saul had been a Pharisee, part of an elite group of Jewish legal experts who believed they had special status with God. When Ananias brought the Lord’s message and Saul received the Holy Spirit, Saul “could see again”! The blindness he had experienced for three days was gone – and so was his spiritual blindness.
Those Christians who think they have 20/20 vision and can answer all your questions seem to miss the concept of humility woven within the gospel. Of course, none of us has perfect vision, and no one has all the answers. Even Old Testament Job, who was “blameless and upright” according to the Bible, had to admit that there was much he did not understand. He confessed that he had limited vision, saying to the Lord, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5).
We too need to humble ourselves before the Lord and ask him to remove any “scales” from our eyes so that we can see him and serve him faithfully.!
Lord God, give us humility and help us to see you clearly so that we can live fully for you. Forgive us for acting as if we know everything about things we don’t understand. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.