One of the things I love about living in the state of Texas is the 75 mph speed limit. When I’m in a hurry, I can simply get on the highway and go. The problem with higher speed limits, however, is it reduces your margin for error while driving.
A while back I was cruising down the highway about to change lanes when my wife screamed. I jerked the car back just in time to miss a small roadster which was hiding in my blind spot.
Blind spots are dangerous.
King David loved God. He trusted God. He served God faithfully. Trusting in God’s promises, David slew a giant and grew a kingdom. David, however, had a blind spot. Living in the fast lane, he didn’t even see the temptation coming. He grew careless in his faith.
A little peek turned into a peep show. After a while, he wanted more. He was king, after all. It didn’t matter that she was married. It didn’t matter that he was married. Then came the car wreck – the pregnancy, the lies, the murder.
As I said before, blind spots are dangerous.
We all have spiritual blind spots. We all have weaknesses and sins we don’t see or we refuse to see. Left unchecked, those blind spots lead to car wrecks in our lives.
A Christian husband goes to church every Sunday. He loves his wife and family. He doesn’t, however, see anything wrong with checking out the secretary at work whenever he has the chance. “It’s just harmless flirting,” he tells himself. Then comes the car wreck.
A Christian pastor is thriving in his new church. The congregation is growing. Everybody loves his sermons. Because things are going so well, he doesn’t even hear himself as he barks at those who disagree with him or see the looks of hurt and anger on their faces. He convinces himself it is okay because he is right. He is the pastor.
Soon the goodwill of the congregation turns to resentment. The church divides between those who support the pastor and those who feel he needs to leave. People stop going to church. Some never come back. His blind spot leads to a twenty car pileup.
So what can you do about your blind spots? First admit you have them. As Christians, we often overestimate our own spiritual maturity. The Apostle Paul warns, “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Secondly, pray about it. Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). Ask God often to help you honestly see your weak spots.
One of the greatest gifts God gives to help us see our blind spots are mature Christian friends and family. A true friend is one who will tell you the truth about yourself even when you don’t want to hear it.
Finally nothing helps us see more clearly than the light of God’s Word. God’s Word not only helps us see ourselves and our blind spots more clearly, it also gives us the strength we need to avoid the inevitable fender benders they cause.
If in your pride and weakness, however, you do get in a wreck, do what David did. Confess your sins to your God whose mercies never end. No matter how bad you mess things up, no matter how hard you crash and burn, God will always take you back. Because of Jesus, he will always forgive you.
All that could be avoided, however, if we would just check our blind spots.