Following The Blind Can Make You Lame

Proverbs 4:10-12 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

When my brother, Scott, and I were young, the vast majority of our play involved our imaginations.  One concept that captured our minds time and again was blindness.  Regularly one of us would volunteer to close our eyes and attempt to navigate our world without the aid of sight. 

We would attempt to guide each other with a combination of voice and touch but nonetheless the "blind" one would crash into obstructions.  Even the sighted one had difficulty leading the blind.

This morning I am in Matthew 15.  The chapter opens with Jesus taking jabs from the religious elite of His day.  The Pharisees were offended when Jesus failed to follow tradition.  Jesus was far more concerned with following God.

Jesus equated ascribing to the traditions of men to one blind man leading another.  Eventually they both end up in a pit.  (Verse 14)  I have spent the last four months meeting weekly with a group of fellow moms.  The focus of our study this spring was Angela Thomas "Tender Mercy for a Mother's Soul".  Every mom, every dad, every person needs God's tender mercy.  When seek God despite crazy schedules and challenging circumstances, we find the mercy our souls so desperately crave.

As we journied through this book, we learned about giving and receiving grace, living out our passions and the importance of choosing well whom we run with.  In my walk with Christ, I tend to get distracted by the opinions and advice of other people.  Particularly when I heed the wrong voices.  Following the blind also makes me lame. I can follow the blind into a life filled with blunders and pits or I can choose godly counsel from those who walk intimately with Jesus.  These are not the blind.  They understand and apply God's wisdom to their daily life and walk not in darkness but in light.

Jesus, today help me choose carefully those whose advice I absorb into my heart.  I do not want to blindly stumble through life obtaining bruise after bruise as I crash into obstacles.  Instead of walking lame, I want to stride determinedly guided by voice and hand of those who know and love You. 

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