You can’t see what you can’t see.

Moses’ encounter with God on Mt. Sinai was so profound that his face shone with the glory of that experience.

The new-look on Moses’ face was so startling that he put a veil over it to keep from frightening the people.

Even with the testimony of Moses, the nation remained hardened to God’s guidance. Paul described the situation like this.

2 Corinthians 3.12-16Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with complete frankness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside.

But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, the same veil is still there; it is not unveiled since in Christ it is set aside.

Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

I remember sharing the gospel message with a man, who listened and said, “Thank you. I’m not interested.”

The message that transformed my life and has given me years of joy was met with total apathy by this man.

I realized that people can’t see what they can’t see.

An Analogy of a Dark Room

Suppose you were put into a completely darkened room. The floor was covered with a white carpet. The only flaw in the carpet was a small black circle in one portion of it.

If you were told to find the black circle, you may spend a lifetime crawling around the room without finding it.

Your hand may travel over the circle numerous times, but you never know it.

All someone has to do is turn on the lights and you can instantly find the circle.

Paul could have used this analogy to describe Hebrew people. They weren’t able to see the glorious gospel of Christ.

In a similar way, the man I spoke with couldn’t see the good news either.

Hardness of Heart

Paul revealed one source of blindness in the Book of Romans.

Romans 1.21For though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless hearts were darkened.

Human willfulness is at the root of a hardened heart. When we can only see life through the lens of our own perception, it is difficult to apprehend the things of God.

Repentance is like taking off glasses with a defective prescription. When we take off the defective nature of our thinking and embrace God’s vision, we will see what God has done for us.

If we are willing to say “yes” to God, he will turn on the lights of his revelation.

Freedom in the Spirit

Few things are more joyful than to see God turn the lights on for people. Not only do they see the goodness of God, but they experience his best in their lives.

2 Corinthians 3.17-18Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

When we see God through the work of the Holy Spirit, he begins to transform our lives.

Starr Daily was incarcerated from 1910 to 1920. The first ten years of his incarceration were filled with hatred, resentment, evil thoughts, and misery.

Jesus revealed himself to Daily through the Holy Spirit, while he was in the hole. The vision of Christ and a process of discipleship made his next 10 years as good as prison can be.

While in prison, Daily wrote articles that appeared in “The Atlantic” magazine and other periodicals.

When he was released, he joined a Whose-Who of Christian leaders in ministry. He married, had children, wrote many books, and led a productive life to the end.

This is the power of God’s revelation. If you know someone like the man I mentioned at the beginning of this article, pray for that person. Ask God to turn the light of his revelation on.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. You will be enriched to listen to Rudy’s thoughts.

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