Blinded by the world
South Africans have a way of treating any new big happening in the world with a great sense of humour. This was proven again with the COVID-19 epidemic. We were hardy even locked up at home when the first wave of memes and videos broke. My phone was bleeping so often I had to put it on silent so that I could concentrate on finishing my work.
I think it’s a defence mechanism to enable us to deal with the bad in the world. Just to prevent the virus from throttling the joy from life. Our people are good with turning a negative into a positive.
How often we look for the joy in life! Who wants to sit at home grumbling while the rest enjoys all that is nice in life? And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The problem comes when we’re sucked in by all that is enjoyable in the world and let go of our God’s hand. You see, if life can give me everything enjoyable, why would I keep hold of God’s hand? I already get all my joy and I like living here in the world with all my pals. I have everything I need.
Unfortunately, that’s not true. It just seems like it. It’s just an illusion, with fake dreams and fake joy. Even if I have the perfect job, have all the fun, know the who’s who in the world, the stars shine bright when I stand up, if everybody knows who I am – nothing of this matters when I get up in the morning with that hollow feeling inside me.
I suspect you’re going to say you’re not like that and that your feet are standing firm in your faith in God. That’s wonderful and I’m really happy for you! I wish all the people in the world had faith like that.
But this instruction is especially for you: 12-13So, watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as God’s still calling it Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.
You and I need to hear this instruction. We have to help others. Others who are enchanted by the lights. They run after the lights of the world. They enjoy dancing and playing in the lights so much that they are blinded. They can no longer see God’s light. They become so intoxicated that they end up thinking they no longer need God. On the contrary, they come to think that God does not exist.
And they will keep on believing that until someone shows them the other side. And that’s where we come in. We must make sure that nobody in our sphere of influence remains under the enchantment of the glittering lights of the world. Each of us knows one or even a few of them. Some far from us, some quite close by. We must encourage them every day and show God to them. Show, because it’s not only our words that matter, but also our actions when we help them physically.
If we don’t do our work, many will miss the point of their lives.
Are you still keeping an eye on a few of the world’s lights?
Do you know of someone blinded by the lights?
What do you think you have to do?
Father, it’s not easy. But I want to and I will do my best. Please help me! In Jesus’ Name, amen.