By Kevin Strickland
The ones described by the Lord as being told “depart from me, ye that practice lawlessness,” just didn’t know what for (Matthew 7:21-24). They were so confused at what the Lord would say to them that they asked, “have we not prophesied in your name? and in thy name cast out many devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?” (verse 22). They had been apparently busy with doing many things they thought would please God, they thought they would get seen. But they did not see what the Lord wanted, and were so told to depart. Their inability to see was due to spiritual blindness. Note the time when Balaam had been instructed not to go, but was protected by his donkey from not passing as the donkey saw the angel of God in the way, he had been spiritually blind (Numbers 22:21-31). Likewise, when Saul saved the best of the cattle, and also, did not kill Agag as Samuel instructed of the Lord, this too was spiritual blindness (I Samuel 15:6-29).
Often, we too, can be like these that were spiritually blind, knowing the will of God, but not doing it with our eyes, or seeing clearly ( II Peter 1:9) Peter offers a remedy for this to his readers in II Peter 1:5-8, when he begins in verse one, explaining to give “all diligence, add to your faith…” Several things can help us to see more clearly so that we do not become blind, but we must be willing to have the faith that is required. James describes very well in chapter 1:22-25 what happens when our faith doesn’t grow, and we don’t fully do what God has instructed in His word. We must be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only. For a hearer only is likened in verse 23 and 24 as one who beholding his natural face in a glass: “for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
God’s word doesn’t call men to perform great miracles as those who will be rejected by the Lord on the last day will find out. The word of God is sure, as Balaam found out. God’s word is not just nice to hear, but is important and the consequences are potentially destructive, as Saul found out. The writer of the book of Psalms puts it very clear in 93:5 when he commits of God’s word that “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.” The Lord Jesus also prayed for this in John 17:7 when He asked the Father to sanctify His own by truth, “Your word is truth.” Not one of them are useless nor to be overlooked. Let’s have a heart to fully accept the total of God’s word (Psalm 119:160) and obey Him in everything He tells us.