How can we detect blindspots
When I was a teenager I endured an eye injury which left permanent damage. As a result I have a huge deficit in my peripheral vision, leaving me with a permanent blind spot. When I’m driving I’m extra cautious of this blind spot for fear that I may not see oncoming cars because of my deficit.
My physical blind spot makes me think are there other blind spots in my life I’m not aware of?
The funny thing about blindspots, is we can’t see them—then how do we detect them?
One person in the Bible reminds me what can happen if we allow blind spots to go undetected.
King David a man who went from shepherd boy, to warrior, to commander, to king—had a huge blindspot. David was known for his tremendous faith in God and had everything he could have ever wanted, wives, power, a kingdom, wealth, victories, a palace, even the anointing of God (1 Sam. 16:13).
David was at the top of his game, at the peak of his career and in favor with God—“What could go wrong?”
These are the times when blind spots can get the best of us.
In 2 Samuel 11:2, David merely got up in the night, walked around on his roof probably just to get some fresh air, when he saw a beautiful woman bathing. David was so intrigued by this woman he sent someone to inquire about her to find out her name was Bathsheba and was married to Uriah one of his commanders. He then sent a messenger to get her, she came to him and he slept with her (2 Sam. 11:3-4).
Needless to say David had a huge blindspot in his life. His blindspot didn’t allow him to see he was flirting with seduction that brought him to the edge of a very slippery slope.
In that one action of inquiring about Bathsheba, David’s lustful blindspot caused him to commit adultery, lie, cover up his lie by murdering Bathsheba’s husband and stealing someone else’s wife. He ended up breaking 4 out of the 10 commandments and displeased the Lord (2 Sam. 11:27).
We can only speculate, but what if David in that moment he saw Bathsheba stopped to pray before responding out of his lustful desires? I think his situation would have been drastically different.
David eventually asked for forgiveness but not until God sent the Prophet Nathan to talk some sense into him (2 Sam 12:1,13). Nathan used a striking parable about a rich and poor man to reveal the atrocity of David’s actions (2 Sam. 12:1-5). It wasn’t until Nathan spoke the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) to David that his eyes were open to his secretive evil deeds and shed light on his blindspot.
Can you imagine the amount of courage it took Nathan to boldly come before King David, one of the most powerful men at the time?
Nathan could have been killed for being so bold. Nathan knew David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14) who had a blindspot. But God gave Nathan the wisdom to use the parable to lovingly speak the truth to David, so his blindspot wouldn’t destroy him again.
Our blind spots leave a door open for the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, to get into our lives (1 Peter 5:8).
Like David, we too can fall victim to our blind spots if we’re not careful.
How can we detect blindspots?
1. By seeking God in prayer and asking Him to reveal our blind spots.
2. By allowing others to speak the truth in love into our lives—so our blindspots can be brought to our attention.
We may not be able to see our blindspots, but God can. Our blindspots help us to constantly seek him for guidance and lead us straight on our paths.
Are there blindspots in your life?
We all have blindspots. Some of us might have blindspots in our finances, with self-control or in how we treat others. They may not all be the same but it is a part of our human nature not to be able to see everything that God sees. When we can’t see, God is the light on our paths.
Do you have a Nathan in your life that you allow to speak the truth into your life?
I am afraid of where my blindspots can lead me if I don’t let others bring them to my attention. To stay alert and aware I ask God to reveal any blindspots and if there is anything in my life that is getting in the way of God. I ask Him to expose and my blindspots making them visible with His light—so that everything that is illuminated becomes a light” (Eph. 5:13).
Imagine if David didn’t allow Nathan to bring his blindspot to his attention?
I love how David allowed Nathan to speak truth into his life and didn’t allow his blindspot cause his downfall again. He surrendered it all to God and turned his sorrow into praise. God then used David to be apart of his greatest plan ever—the bloodline to Jesus.
I also love how David dedicated the rest of his life to prayer by writing the most poetic prayers in the Psalms. I can’t help to think when David wrote Psalms 86 he was referring to the moment that almost destroyed him.
A prayer from David.
“Lord you are forgiving and good abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer Lord: listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.” (Psalms 86:5-6,11-13)
Lord Jesus, please expose our blindspots with your light, so they don’t cause us to stand on slippery slopes. Help us to keep seeking you for discernment and wisdom when making choices and decisions. Help us to allow others to speak the truth in love into our lives. Help us to stay in your will and plan for our lives so we aren’t flirting with disaster. You are greater and able to see so much more than we can. Help us to trust in you even when we can’t see. We praise you Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.