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CATARACTSare a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies between the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and they are the principal cause of blindness in the world. Today, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. Cataracts start out small and at first have little effect on your eyesight. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little while looking through a cloudy piece of glass or while viewing an impressionist painting. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did. When they get bad enough, the ultimate cure is surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens.

Many of my friends and family members have had the operation and most rejoice at their new-found vision. So, here I am at 77, and guess who just got diagnosed with cataracts? You got it, ME! My right eye has recently developed cataracts at the level that requires surgery. The operation is looming. Through this developing process, I have been led to focus on my spiritual vision.

 

Jesus taught His disciples “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Mt. 6:22,23).

 

With our natural eyes, the lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through. But as we age, some of the protein lumps together and starts to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

 

The same is true with our spiritual eyes. As a Christian, over a period of time, we may allow unconfessed sin to build up in our lives and that clouds our vision. In order for us to walk uprightly and have a clear vision of what God has in store for us, we must remove those ‘spiritual cataracts’.

 

The spiritual surgery required involves confession and repentance. Left unattended, we are told that our sight will be diminished, even to blindness. The Psalmist reminds us that “the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes”(Psa. 19:8b). Just as an ophthalmologist looks carefully into your eyes with precision equipment for diagnosing physical cataracts, so does the word of God enable us to examine our spiritual sight. We want and need clear vision, both naturally and spiritually.

 

Later in the Psalm David calls on the Lord to make his ‘spiritual cataracts’ of sin known to him so that he can confess them and have a right relationship with God. He cries out; “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression” (v. 13).

 

David wants clear vision. He acknowledged that most times we don’t understand our sinfulness. Hidden faults and presumptuous sins are mentioned. Most of all, he recognized that if this cleansing (spiritual cataract surgery) did not take place, he (and we) would be subject to spiritual blindness.

 

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, who sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psa. 32:1-5). Eyesight returns!

 

It appears to me that David wanted 20/20 vision. He understood that the ‘spiritual cataracts’ in his life were marring his vision. They stood between him and God and kept him from being as effective a king and servant of the Lord as he wanted to be.

 

Have you had an eye exam lately? Is your eyesight getting a little blurry? Maybe it is time for a deep look inside to see if there are ‘spiritual cataracts’ that are impacting your spiritual vision. Maybe surgery will be required. But whatever it takes, it will be worth the effort.Then you can say with the man Jesus healed–“all I know is, I once was blind but now I see!” Rejoice!

 

Copyright 2015

Bill C. Dotson

www.lifespeakstous.com

bill@abidingfathers.org

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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