"Man’s Natural Blindness in the Things of Religion"
Your Weekly Exposure to Edwards
Gospel Driven Disciples posts some highlights from the prolific works of Jonathan Edwards. The following excerpt is taken from “Men’s Natural Blindness in Religion”, in The Works of Jonathan Edwards.
“Understand, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not He correct? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall he not know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity” (Psalms 94:8-11)
This blindness is not a merely negative ignorance. There is no fault to be found with man’s natural faculties. There is a principle in the heart that hinders the exercises of his faculties about the things of religion. God will make all men know the truth of those things which He speaks of in His Word. God will make them know that He is the Lord. And He will make them know that He bears rule. (Psalms 59:13)
What great care we all need to have so that we are not deceived in matters of religion. Let us, therefore, be warned to take heed that we are not deceived about our duty, our hearts, our ways, our state, or our opportunities. How foolish a thing it is for men to lean on their own understanding and trust their own hearts. They are fools who trust their own wisdom, and will not trust the infinite wisdom of God. Let us therefore become fools and be sensible of our own natural blindness and folly. Seeing your own ignorance and blindness is the first step towards having true knowledge. Let us ask wisdom of God. We have nowhere else to go for it but to the Fountain of light and wisdom. True wisdom is a precious jewel, and none of our fellow creatures can give it to us, nor can we buy it with any price we have to give. It is the sovereign gift of God.