Blind Spots


 Proverbs 3:5-6 

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart 

    and lean not on your own understanding; 

6 in all your ways submit to him, 

    and he will make your paths straight. 


Today I’d like to talk about “blind spots”.  Those places in our lives where we are unaware we are deficient or we have trouble seeing potential threats to our future success.  No, this is not intended to be a “self-help” discussion, nor would many people equate this passage with such a topic.  But let’s look a little deeper at this thought this morning. 


This passage is notorious for being utilized to help people make a directional life decision.  Where to live?  Who to marry?  Or where to work?  But what if it were simply intended to mature you and I.  I believe it can be used in those directional life decisions, but what if it were simply intended to direct your life this morning on a growth trajectory towards abundant life in Christ.  What if its aim for you and I this morning is: “more of Him and less of me.”  The goal would then become Christ-likeness, the direction would be the straightest path towards you and I bearing more fruit of His life, and the means to this direction would be submitting to Him.   


This would require a prayer like David’s in Psalm 139 in our own lives… it said: 

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;  

    test me and know my anxious thoughts. 

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, 

    and lead me in the way everlasting. 


This prayer invites God to reveal to us the “blind spots”.  The places that He sees, that we do not.  It requires our “leaning on His understanding, and not our own.”  It requires trust in Him over trust in our current spiritual condition.  It comes from a desire to grow and seek God’s best.  It denies comfort and continuing in the status quo.  It desires greatness over simply what is good.  It is content in Him, yet unsatisfied with settling for anything less than His dreamed intention of you and I.   


So, do you want that this morning?  To be everything that He wants you to be, and nothing short of that?  Then, are you open to His revelation?  To His revealing places of unresolved hurt, places of immaturity, places of resentment, or places of pride?  To His revealing places of selfishness, places of callousness, and places where you have lacked a teachable spirit?  These are the blind spots.   


Today, trust that He loves you, and acknowledge that He knows you better than anyone else on the planet, even better than you know yourself. Trust Him to reveal places of needed spiritual growth in your own life.   He may reveal this to you through the scriptures, through silence in prayer, through circumstances, or through the words of a trusted brother or sister in Christ.   


To reveal more of His life through yours, your life has to go away…to die.  It’s a death to self, to your agenda, to your thoughts, your perceptions, and your own self-preservation.  It’s a willingness to let all that go, and submit yourself to Him.  It’s relinquishing anything that He reveals and giving Him anything that He asks for.  This morning pray about the blind spots and ask God to bring them to light for you.