by Ken Treybig
Blind man’s bluff. Did you ever play the game where friends tie a strip of cloth around your eyes, spin you around and then have you try to tag them? I did. You know what else I did? I tried to see through the small openings on either side of my nose so I wasn’t totally blind!
While that helped me see a little bit of the ground and kept me from stumbling and falling a lot more, I was still missing so much!
That’s how life can be when we’re not seeing the whole picture. Maybe we’re not supposed to have favorites among the five senses we’re given, but I know sight ranks right up around the top for me!
A lot of your friends have cloudy vision. No, not cataracts. That’s generally for older people. But life is cloudy for them. There are so many choices in the world today, so many lifestyles and approaches to life—all of them calling out, “Hey, I’m the one! Follow me, and you’ll have lots of fun!”
The future. That’s the problem. When you blow away all the smoke and glitter and truly look at the future of the choices this world offers, you’ll see that their long-term results are terrible. All those choices lead people down the path of pain and suffering, bad relationships, heartache and eventual death. They are dead ends in life.
How do you cut through all the clouds of smoke to see clearly? Consider what God says in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law” (New American Standard Bible).
Society in the U.S. along with the rest of the Western world is rapidly turning away from the light of God’s law and biblical truth for guidance in life. As a result, people are slowly being blinded to the best way to live—which is looking to God for guidance and patterning our lives after His instruction.
God’s way gives us a clear path to the future—a happy, productive and long future. Eternity! But to get there we have to do it God’s way.
He tells us to trust in Him with all our heart and to not lean on our own understanding and He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). He promises to give us vision to clearly see the path that leads to blessings and life. When people ignore God’s instructions, their judgment starts becoming faulty. Their vision begins to get clouded. Satan is the master of deception and is anxious to cloud the vision of as many humans as possible.
Life shouldn’t be like a game of blind man’s bluff, stumbling around and bumping into problems you cannot see. The great news is, you don’t have to live that way!
The theme for our COGWA Youth Camps this year is “Vision—Seeing Clearly in a Clouded World.” Don’t let Satan’s clouds get in the way. Attend camp this year and learn to see clearly with the help of God’s instructions for life.