One thing I must keep in check as I get older is that my age doesn’t deem me unteachable. The longer we live in our own skin the more comfortable we get. A few things that I’ve been thinking about are, no humility and all conviction is prideful because it tends to be a self-righteous conviction that can become harsh and without empathy for the other people. No convictions and all humility is prideful still, this is sort of an inverted self-righteousness, because there is no real stand for anything, there is no courage or self-sacrifice. This person is essentially still thinking of themselves too, so it only leaves a prideful person with a costume of humility.
Everyone has blind spots. These are spots in our thinking where we are blinded; these form over time through our environment and personalities.
You know those blind spots when you are driving, you are driving along, you look in both side mirrors before you change lanes, and someone lays on the horn! You swerve over back in your lane, and say to yourself, “where did that car come from? I didn’t see it!” You almost collided with it, but thankfully the horn woke you up! You didn’t see the car, but the truth is the car was there.
The enemy knows about our blind spots. He does not want us to be aware of these, and will do all he can to distract us from seeing the reality. He’d rather we have a collision because he cares nothing about you or the others involved, he is for ultimate destruction.
If you are a follower of Jesus, there is good news, we have a shepherd to help guide us. He knows our blind spots too, and he is watching over us. When we are about to swerve into chaos, God will lay on the horn. We need to be listening for the horn.
Now we won’t be able to hear the horn if we have a whole bunch of distractions. You are driving along and your music is up real loud, jammin’ the tunes, talking and texting on the phone; you know you aren’t suppose to text and drive. 🙂 Or just your head in the clouds.
You have all these distractions and you are about to change lanes and the horn is honking but you don’t hear it.
The Lord is leading us even in our blind spots, but we have to be alert and ready to hear his horn to get us back in line, so we can avoid destruction. We have to be aware of distractions that might steer us off.
Our conviction and humility goes hand in hand. The Lord is your shepherd and He is guiding you and you are trusting him to take the wheel, to keep you from harm, to protect you. You trust Him, that he knows what’s best for you and He sees all. This takes strong belief(conviction) to act courageously and it takes humility because it is admitting your weakness, and you are placing your dependence on Him.
I have asked the Lord to forgive me for taking the wheel of self righteousness, and I am admitting my blind spots and my need for an all seeing shepherd to guide me.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
We see because Jesus gave us sight! He is our sight. May our eyes be open. May our ears be attentive to His leading, warning and correction. The Holy Spirit who dwells in you will guide you into all truth. Are you listening?