Probably at one time or another everyone has gone through some sort of eye exam where you read an eyechart to get information about your vision. This simple exam gives your doctor a standard by which to measure the visual acuity of your eyes. After all, without an objective standard for your vision, who’s to say whether your eyesight really is good or bad?
After taking the exam, the doctor can determine whether you have…
- emmetropia—normal vision where light from your eye’s lens is properly focused on the retina at the back of your eye; or
- myopia—also called short-sightedness, where the light is focused in front of the retina; or
- hyperopia—or far-sightedness, where the light is focused behind the retina.
Both myopia and hyperopia can be corrected by lenses. Glasses, contact lenses, or even corrective surgery can correct your focal point, restoring emmetropia again. But notice this:
Lenses don’t change what you see, but how you see it.
By refocusing the light into the right place, you are now looking at the same object, but the focal point is corrected. You are able to see things that were there all along, but that your out-of-focus vision caused you to miss. For a Christian, the Bible works the same way—
Scripture doesn’t change the events or circumstances in your life, but it does change how you see them.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:22-23)
Far too many people don’t read the Bible for themselves, so they never have given the Holy Spirit a chance to show them where their attitude or lifestyle is out of focus with God’s design. However, if you are reading the Bible, here are three warning signs that you may have blurry spiritual vision that needs to be corrected:
- You try to rationalize what the Holy Spirit is saying to you through the Bible, instead of simply obeying what He says.
- You discount the wisdom of other God-fearing people who are saying the same thing God’s Spirit is saying.
- You frequently find yourself saying, “I know that’s what the Bible says, but….”
You don’t have to live with blurry spiritual vision. Read the Bible for yourself, and let the Holy Spirit point out how your vision can be corrected.