Driving With Our Eyes Open

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If someone told you to try closing your eyes while driving to work tomorrow, you’d probably give them a look and laugh but there would be no way you’d actually try that. Not for more than a blink anyway.

In fact, we’re even super hesitant about closing our eyes when walking. For good reason.

It doesn’t make sense to try make it through life with our eyes closed. Not only is that a hazard, but you would also miss out on so much. Flowers, sunsets, facial expressions, colors, the list could go on and on.

Why would anybody choose that?

However, we often choose to walk our spiritual journey with closed eyes.

There are many ways we do this, but two are by closing our eyes to sin and to spiritual warfare.

In our society today there is a lot of things out there that have become culturally acceptable. Things that God says are not.

Sex outside of marriage. Abortion. Gay/Lesbian relationships. Lying. Selfishness. Idol worship.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
— 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)

Some of these are major issues that we all know about and have our opinion on. Like abortion and gay marriage. Though sadly, as Christians we do not all agree on these issues, we do all take one side or the other. We are pretty aware of these.

Others have become so ingrained into day-to-day life that we don’t even realize they’re there anymore. Like idol worship.

When was the last time you saw someone praying to a golden calf? Probably not just the other day.

When was the last time you saw someone freak out because the internet wasn’t working or they didn’t have cell service? Or someone being frustrated over a person taking long in line and wasting their precious time?

Things like lying, selfishness, premarital sex, idol worship, and many others, have permeated our society and to varying degrees we don’t even notice anymore.

We’ve closed our eyes to these issues because it is too much effort to stay aware and alert.

What’s worse, is now that our eyes are closed we start adopting these things into our own lives. We aren’t watching out for them and so we run right into them.

If you are driving towards a red-light with your eyes closed, you are going to driving through it and probably cause an accident. Closing our eyes to the sins of this world is no different.

Mark 14:38 says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,”.

The other thing we refuse to see is the attack of the enemy. Spiritual warfare.

This isn’t something Christians made up to keep believers in line.

The Bible says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

However, many of us find it much easier to forget this. It’s less creepy to believe that the devil is passive and just a gate keeper to hell. It’s easier, but it’s not true.

The Bible describes the devil as a predator. Active in his fight against God, and as children of God that includes us. The devil is our adversary, too.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
— 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Refusing to acknowledge this puts us at a huge disadvantage.

Just because a driver may refuse to acknowledge the ice on the road, does not mean it isn’t there. It just means that out of his stubbornness he is likely to drive irresponsibly on the ice and injure himself.

We are like this when refusing to acknowledge that the devil is working against us.

Us refusing to admit he is there does not make him less dangerous, it only makes us more vulnerable.

Instead, we are to be in active movement against him.

Not only are we told to keep watch for sin and the devil’s attacks, but we are supposed to be prepared to stand against them.

1 Peter 1:13-15 says, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,”(ESV).

It is not enough to just get in a car and try to drive. There must be preparation. You need to be trained in how to operate the vehicle. There has to be gas in the car and good tires. All the parts of the engine need to be in working order and the windows need to be clean enough to see clearly through.

However, even if all this is done, the car is still going to crash if the driver does not keep his eyes open and aware of his surroundings.

So we read our Bible and keep the words of God close to our hearts. We pray and have intimate conversation with God. We participate in worship. We find constructive support from follow believers.

And, when we face the world, we keep our eyes open and clear to the world around us.

Not only does this save us from falling into sin, but it also makes evident to us the good things that God is doing.

When you close your eyes you aren’t just missing out on the bad stuff, you also miss out on the beautiful things.

If you refuse to see the sin of a man committing adultery, then you will never see the beauty of that man finding Christ and being freed from his sin.

If you refuse to see the enemy beating on you and tearing you down, then you will not see God’s hand in your life rescuing you and holding you up.

All in all, it is much better to stay alert in the physical realm and the spiritual realm alike.

God gave you eyes. Use them.

Matthew 13:13-17 (ESV):

“This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear and what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Author: Natalie Martin - Staff