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If hindsight is 20/20, then why are so many people blind?
You’ve all heard the clichés, “if I had to do it all over again, I would…”, or “if I was there, I would’ve…”, or “if I knew what I know now back then…” or “the past is shown clearer in the future.” Ok, I made that last one up, but you get the picture. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, and if we did have to do it all over again, what would the present look like when you got to it again.
A person struggling with finances today might remember what his grandfather told him as a kid, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” So, let’s say you saved that penny and years later you learned how to play the stock market and today you are a millionaire. Sounds pretty good huh? But what we don’t know is where you would end up. No doubt if you were writing your own history book, you’d end it in the millionaire or higher stage. But the reason you’re in the financial struggles stage of your life, or the lonely stage, or the so rich you can’t spend it stage, or even the so broke you can’t pay attention stage, just know that you are right where God wants you to be.
The reason why so many people today are blind even with the advantage of having 20/20 hindsight is the fact that they are spiritually blind. People see with their carnal vision. It takes a strong faith to see with your spiritual vision. We’ve all done it, I’ve done it. As a child who spent the 1st 12 years of life living from project apartment to project apartment, it was easy to fantasize about the house and car we would have. And when all your friends grew up around you, you all had the same but different fantasies, like “my house going to have a 3 car garage”, or “my house going to have a swimming pool.” That’s OK to think like that, we were young and didn’t know any better, as the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”
Our 20/20 Hindsight vision allows us to better put away those childish things and start having spiritually minded thoughts. When you look back over the mistakes you’ve made, instead of saying…”my house gonna be made of brick,” you can now say “my house gonna have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ.” Instead of saying…”my house gonna have a 3 car garage,” you can now say, “my house gonna mount up as wings of an eagle.” Instead of saying, “my house gonna be the party house,” you can now say, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
Every time a person is saved by the anointing blood of Jesus Christ, he/she is a new creature. This means that he/she has had an opportunity to look in the past and see clearly have they left Jesus out of the equation and now have a renewed chance to see clearly for the rest of eternity. Don’t go blind looking for Jesus. He’s right behind you, you only need to keep him in your heart daily and turn from your wicked ways.
Deacon Winston Howard, Jr.