Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Sonlight, Day 9

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MARK 8:23-25 | He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?”  And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

This healing story is unique in the Gospels because it happens in stages. Jesus places saliva on the blind man's eyes and his vision returns partially. Under questioning, he describes it this way: “I see people, like trees, walking." After a second touch from Jesus, sight is fully restored.

In our lives, enlightenment is often a process with stages, not just one moment of inspiration. Life with Jesus means seeking a clearer picture of the people around us from the one with perfect vision. God sees everything about everyone at all times in all places with absolute clarity. We see a little about a few at one time in a single place with a lack of clarity.

Is your vision of others around you clarifying day by day?

Pray that it will.


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Sonlight, Day 8

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MARK 8:22 | They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him.

MATTHEW 7:3-5 | Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

Some people have 20/20 vision. But I am not one of them! Reading glasses help me with fine print and, although my distance vision is ok, it is not perfect. In the spiritual and social realm, no one has 20/20 vision. Spiritually, all of us have blind spots and astigmatisms. We focus nearby and miss the big picture. We look into the distance and miss things right in front of us. We see the surface of things and miss the depths.

Physical blindness is a condition in some people, like the blind man in Bethsaida—spiritual blindness affects every single person. Particularly with respect to our own issues, we don't see clearly. In relationship with Jesus, we experience a clearer way of seeing reality and ourselves.

When was the last time God showed you a new truth about yourself?

What things do you have trouble seeing?


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