1 Samuel 20:1-3
Have you ever heard the quote "There are none so blind as those who will not see!"?
According to Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings this proverb can be traced back to 1546 and resembles Jeremiah 5:21, "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes and see not; which have ears, and hear not." The full saying is "There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know."
I thought of this quote while reading Jonathan and David's first comments to each other in Samuel 20. David is upset that Saul, Jonathan's father, is doing everything possible to kill him. To which Jonathan replies, "There is no way my dad is trying to kill you." David responds "He is not going to tell you, but you have to know, I am just a step away from death."
Saul may not have told Jonathan "I am going to kill David," but there was plenty of evidence for Jonathan to see the truth. You know the story of Saul trying to throw a spear through David, not once but twice, was the talk of the palace? In Samuel 19:1 Saul told both Jonathan and his servants that they should kill David. It seems Jonathan could not believe or did not want to see his father's hatred for David.
How blind was David? How could he think he was about to die? Couldn't he see God's protection and deliverance? When God placed His Spirit of prophecy on those men Saul sent to kill him, did David think, "What an amazing coincidence? I sure am lucky."
It is so easy to see blindness in others and miss my own! I have told you how blessed I was to have godly parents. They refused to let me be like David and not see God's hand in my life. When I was much younger, I would often call home to let Jack and Reba know what a successful son they had raised. I would embellish the story so they would understand how smart, talented and wise in the ways of the world their son was. They would let me toot my horn but ALWAYS responded with something like, "Oh, Roy Lee, God is so gracious to you. Aren't you amazed at how He worked this out for your good!" I never said it, but my brain was screaming "Don't you get it. I am the one who worked so hard to get this. I spent those long hours to accomplish this. God did not give me anything. It was me! I earned it."
I am embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to realize God was so gracious to me. He is the one who directed my steps.
Gracious and good Father, we want eyes that see, ears that hear, minds submitted to Your will and most importantly hearts to believe. Please, Father place in our lives those who love and trust you; who, also, love us enough to point out our blindness, deafness, and willfulness. Thank You for placing many people in my life who have done just that for Your glory and my good.
With that train of thought in mind, I want to share a video of Tim Keller with you. As you know, he is one of the men God has placed in my life, even though he would not know me from Adam, to open my eyes. This video, Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy's Perspective, is a timely explanation of how through God's Word, as believers, we are to see the world differently and respond appropriately. This video was done in 2012 and Tim makes a comment that is somewhat dated about a basketball player. If you are not a basketball fan and have never heard of "Linsanity", you can check the Wikipedia link.