Stop Being the Fog!
We all probably have been in a vehicle while there has been dense fog. Whether we have been the driver or a passenger it has the same effect. We put on our lights; we slow down to a very slow speed and we look for some feature or line on the road to try to keep ourselves on track and safe. The way we should go is well established but we cannot see it because of the fog.
Our Christian journey can be very similar in some ways. The way we should go is well established but we can also be hindered by fog. For Christians however the fog can often exist between the driver’s seat and the windshield. In other words the fog is inside the car. The effects are the same, we cannot see properly and often we end up in the wrong place. In this example we are the fog.
Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34. We tend to think, “of course they knew what they were doing”; they were in the very act of murdering Him. Yet Jesus said that they didn’t know what they were doing. That is, spiritually they were in a complete fog; if fact they actually were the fog that prevented them from seeing “The Way.”
Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:10-13
Here is a classic example of religious folk in a fog. They couldn’t see the way. They couldn’t see the way the Lord saw. Notice that Jesus did not explain to them what was wrong with their way of seeing, He gave them a task; Go and learn.
The fog that exists in our minds, that clouds our thinking, has been inculcated by Satan.
Satan wants all believers to continue to evaluate sinful behavior that they see in others.
The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5.
The seductive idea that Satan enticed Eve with was that her eyes would be opened. She would become adept at recognizing good and evil i.e. sin. The problem of course was that she and her husband’s recompense for their disobedience was to lose their spiritual eyes. What a horrible trade off. So now humanity would not be able to see with the eyes of mercy or compassion.
Jesus was telling them and us that we must learn to see the way He sees. He is not in a fog; He is not the Fog. He is the Light of the world.
You see Satan has deceived us into looking at others the way he does; filled with judgment and destruction in mind. He will have us focus on the sin and evil we see others do in the world.
On the contrary, Jesus sees through the eyes of mercy and compassion. In fact Jesus sees what sin and evil in the world has done in us. Can you see the incredible difference? All humans are victimized by sin; even if we cooperate with it or even initiate it. Jesus never condones sin; He wants us free of it. He wants us redeemed.
We don't have to cooperate with Satan's scheme; we can reject his way and no longer be the fog. Jesus desires for us to be the Light of the World, let’s do that.