“You don’t know what you don’t know.” This is a common truism being heard these days. It requires no explanation, and is almost impossible to debate.
Similarly, “you don’t see what you don’t see” might be considered an undebatable truism, but is the very statement worth exploring as a follow up to How Well Do You See, Part 1.
In Part 1, it was pointed out that Jesus spoke of “seeing, sight, seen, and blind” over 220 times in the four Gospels. While He walked this earth, He brought many recorded miracles of healing, and a number of these involved the blind. But He actually encountered three types of blindness:
- Those who could not see because of the loss of the physical ability to see. The Gospels recorded the miracles of Jesus involving this group as He restored sight to the blind.
- Those who could see, but did not know or understand what they saw. In that sense, they remained blind, especially to the things that Jesus taught and did that were supernatural, spiritual, or miraculous. They listened to the teachings, and they saw the miracles, but they still “didn’t get it.” At least they were curious.
- Those who were perfectly sure they already saw so well naturally and spiritually that they were not interested in anything Jesus taught or did. In fact, it went beyond not being interested. This group was so hard-core blind they despised Jesus, rejected His teachings, did not believe His miracles, and wanted Him dead.
Two thousand years later, the question remains for most people: How well do you see? As human beings, our natural vision may be perfect, or we get sufficient corrective help with eyeglasses or contact lenses. As spirit beings, created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), who is Spirit, we sorely lack in spiritual vision. If honesty prevailed, most would have to admit to some degree of the type 2 blindness described above. Just like eyeglasses help with natural vision, we need help with our spiritual vision so that we “get it” with respect to the unseen spiritual aspect of our being.
In 2 Kings 6:15-17, when Elisha’s servant looked he could only see the enemy all around. Many of us get up every day, look around, and only see our troubles. When Elisha prayed “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see”, his servant saw horses and chariots of fire to protect them. This is an excellent comparison of what we see in the natural versus what we could see if our spiritual eyes were opened by God.
Jesus wants to be that help. He came not to make people see, but to help them see. Our cooperation, our curiosity, our interest is required. He can see what we cannot see when it comes to the spirit realm. He can see the beginning and the end. He can see into the future, and He can see our destiny, the purpose for which we were created. He knows what lies ahead. We need to be interested enough in what He is doing and seeing to ask Him. He is willing to share what He sees for you and me. Let me give you an example from something that happened to me.
I was driving my car home from a Saturday afternoon of running errands around the neighborhood. My wife and I had sung in the choir for an evangelistic crusade in our area the night before, and those praise and worship songs were still in my head. I was alone, singing one of those songs as I headed into a T-intersection where I was forced to turn right or left, as the road I was on came to an end.
A left turn would take me home. The light in the intersection was green on my side, so I had the signal to proceed. Suddenly, a Voice within the car seemed to come over my left shoulder and said two words: “Look left.” If someone were in the car (which they were not), and as the driver, I would expect the voice to come from behind or to the right, but this Voice came over my left shoulder so as to not only tell me to look to the left, but to cause me to turn my head to the left at the same time.
The only thing I saw was a car coming from the left into the T-intersection, perhaps traveling a little above the speed limit. No problem, he had the red light, and would be slowing to a stop. The speed at which I can tell this story is much slower than real time, but what happened next is one of those instances when things seem to happen in slow motion. The Voice was loud and clear on looking left, so I never took my eyes off the car to the left. As I approached the intersection, I tapped my brake, then watched the car, then tapped my brake, and watched the car some more. I finally hit the brake and came to a complete stop as the car coming from the left ran through the intersection. As I watched him drive away, I looked up, and my light was still green. The car had run a red light without slowing. If I had not stopped, I would have been hit broad side, possibly at the driver’s door. The Voice spoke a firm warning which saved me great harm, possibly sparing my life.
Similar to Elisha and his servant in 2Kings 6, the Voice could see in this situation something I could not see. The Voice knew what would happen if He did not intervene. The Voice was the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of the resurrected Jesus, who is God with us today. The Voice sounded so directional it had to come from behind me and to the left. Its source was external to me, so it had to be the audible Voice of God. His instruction saved my life.
Relying on my own natural vision, I could have been seriously hurt. Here’s what I would have seen incorrectly without some spiritual Vision help. I saw a green light, so I had the legal right to proceed. As a good driver, if I had taken a quick look to the left before proceeding through the intersection, I would have seen a car I expected to stop. If I had not stared continually at the car coming from the left, I would not have stopped. It was a bright sunny afternoon. I thought I could see well, but what I could not see would have led me to a disastrous result.
Jesus wants to help you see what you cannot see. He sees the great plan He has for your life (Jer. 29:11), and He knows your destiny. He is willing to show you the next step, as He knows precisely where to lead you. If He would do it for me, He will do it for you. Years after the Voice said “Look left”, I found this amazing promise from God in Isaiah 30:21- “Whether you should turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying “This is the way, walk in it.”.”
He promises that Voice to guide you and help you see. Maybe you have never been interested in seeing into the spiritual world, or you’ve asked God to see, but nothing happened. Just like the blind man in Mark 8:22-25 required more than one touch from Jesus in order to see, keep asking Him to touch you so you can see and not be spiritually blind. It will save your life.