Healing from the Great Sadness

by Jon Bloom | July 12, 2012

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There is nothing more wonderful than seeing and nothing more horrible than blindness.

But I’m not talking about physical blindness. Some whose physical eyes can’t see can see far, far better than others whose head-eyes see just fine (John 9:39). It’s blindness to glory—spiritual blindness—that is so horrible, so impoverishing to the soul.

That’s because “the deepest longing of the human heart is to know and enjoy the glory of God. We were made for this.”1 To the degree that we do not see the glory of God, we live in the shadow-lands, wondering why our lives and affections seem so thin, why nothing satisfies.

Perhaps the greatest blinder of our spiritual eyes is our self-obsession. When we are blind to glory it’s usually because we have a lunar eclipse of the self, obstructing the solar Reality of God. We are so engrossed with the barren moon of self, which at best only reflects true glory, that we cannot see the true glory itself: the life-giving Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2).

And what we need is healing. John Piper writes,

“There is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world.”Our disordered souls will not find healing in more introspection. They need splendor; a splendor that is outside of us, that is far bigger than we are. Our souls need to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Text from Desiring God blog.

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