Luk 24:44-45 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (45) Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Living for Jesus Christ is the best thing that a person could ever do. Not only is it rewarding, but it is also fulfilling. When we lay our lives down for His sake, we find peace and joy. However, living for God can have it's difficulties when we try to understand what He is doing in our lives. As we learn and try to understand the ways of God, we often come to road blocks in our spiritual growth. Sometimes it just seems that we cannot see clearly enough to understand what God is doing in us or around us. In this study, we are going to look at these road blocks that seem to get in our way.
WHAT ARE ROAD BLOCKS?
I won't get too much into detail here because everyone is well aware of what a road block is. We know that it is an obstacle that slows our progress or causes us to detour.
There are a few types of spiritual road blocks…
1) Our own ways or will.
3) God's spiritual blinders.
For the sake of this study, I am going to view spiritual road blocks as "God's Spiritual Blinders."
OUR SCRIPTURE READING
Our scripture reading above is a very unusual text when you look back at what Jesus said and what he did. Why did Jesus say this? Let’s look at this deeper.
During His ministry He began to prepare His disciples for His crucifixion. He kept dropping little hints that He was going to be killed and be raised the third day. Below are scriptural references on this matter...
- Jesus began to tell them, but Peter rebuked the Lord. (Mat 16:21-23)
- Jesus told them again, but they became sorrowful. (Mat 17:22-23)
- Jesus told them to let this saying (his crucifixion) sink in your heart, but it was hid from them and they did not perceive it or could not understand it. (Luk 9:44-45)
Jesus told them again...
Then He took unto Him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things, which were spoken. (Luk 18:31-34)
In looking at the many verses above, it is interesting to see the disciple’s reaction to what Jesus was saying. Peter was angry, then they all were sad. Yet they all could not see what Jesus was trying to say. Why? Have you ever wondered why they couldn't see it?
There are two elements to the disciple’s spiritual blindness here that we want to notice...
1) They were looking to Jesus to begin a physical kingdom there on earth. Him dying was not in their plans. That's why the anger and sadness. They just couldn't believe him concerning this subject.
2) God had purposely hidden it from them because the will of God was for Jesus to die.
Let's look at this angle for a moment.
Jesus knew they were not going see what He was saying. When he said to them "let these sayings sink in your heart", Jesus was planting a seed into their heart for the future. God had put blinders on them so it would be hid from them on purpose. But why?
Jesus had to die on the cross and if his disciples would of understood, then they may of been a hindrance and tried to stop him from dying. Plus, Jesus was going to use the death, burial and resurrection to establish them in the faith. I believe that because they were so "kingdom" (physical kingdom) minded that they were only thinking about themselves. They couldn't see the power of the Holy Ghost and the church beyond where they were at physically and spiritually.
God had to blind them so He could get them to the place they needed to get too. Their blindness was a two part issue; they had their eyes on one thing, while God had his eyes on another plan... thus he blinded them to it. It is very possible that because of their human ambitions, it also caused them to not see the complete will of God.
SPIRITUAL APPLICATION TODAY
As we walk with God, there are times that God hides (blinds) us from future plans. Although we may hear it, we still may not perceive it in our hearts. There is a difference between "hearing" and "perceiving"... big difference.
God's blinders either come because of us or because God wants to hide the future from us. Our spiritual perception is based on our carnal plans or they are based on God's will.
I have been through things where I knew something in my mind, but spiritually I could not see what or where God was going. During these times I had to just keep pressing on until I got it.
There is also the main reason for "God's Spiritual Blindness" ... and that is God's will!!
There are some things He will never reveal to us unless it is His will and timing. The time has to be right! He has his plan laid out and no matter how much we pray and fast, it will not be revealed until it is time.
But... don't stop praying and fasting. It is during these times that we change our thinking so God can remove the blinders and reveal his will to us. If we never pray, fast and press on... we may never see God's glorious work.
Although it may seem hard to understand and to walk in the path we are going. Walking in the path of blindness is very needful. It teaches us trust and faith. We learn about God when things are revealed in his time. After all, true faith is when we can blindly walk during these times until God opens our understanding.