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Willful Blindness

I’ll just pretend I didn’t see that.

Does your computer or mobile device interrupt you at inconvenient times? Last virus scan was 73 days ago. “I can’t bother with this right now,” I say while quickly triple-clicking Ask me later. “I’ll just pretend I didn’t see that.” But then the inevitable happened; a virus wiped out my laptop’s hard drive.

Losing important documents and hundreds of pictures (no, I didn’t back them up🥺) was a real eye opener. These days I am more careful to perform the necessary preventative maintenance needed to keep my computer running smoothly.

There have been times in my life when I received a similar message from God. David, you haven’t REALLY talked with me in 7.3 days. Frankly, the Lord’s admonition felt more like an interruption. My heart wasn’t ready for inconvenient truth. “But Lord, I’ve been super busy.” Note to self: Any prayer that starts with “But Lord…” means danger. A wipe-out is imminent.

The unexamined life is not worth living

Socrates

Self-reflection can be helpful, but King David, of ancient Israel, went a step further. He asked God to examine his life.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Our Heavenly Father’s scans are always accurate. He tells us the good AND the bad. On the other hand, we often only tell ourselves what we want to hear. The world can’t be trusted to give us a reliable reflection either (1 John 2:15-17). My friend Alan, from Devotional Treasures points this out beautifully in a recent post, “The News of the World.”

Willful Blindness. It happens when we consciously close our eyes and ears to information we’d rather not acknowledge. And the outcome can be disastrous.

Kind reader, was your last “heavenly heart scan” simply too long ago? Yes, being searched by God sounds harrowing. But He knows everything anyway. May as well let the Great Physician do His thing.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

Portions of this post were taken from Wakey Wake, Cupcake, which was published on July 5, 2019.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

32 replies on “Willful Blindness”

My second reminder today to pay attention to God’s nudging. I can tell when I have neglected to spend adequate time with Him. We must be intentional about making time with Him a priority. Thanks David.

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Love your insight, “Any prayer that begins with ‘But Lord’ signals trouble ahead.” I kind of get the picture of the red signal flashing on the train tracks letting the conductor know to slow down and put one hand on the brake.

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Thanks for today’s reminder my friend. So true about Willful Blindness. It is an easy option when the conscience is so bothered. Self reflection is indeed important. Need to catch up with God then. Thank you. God bless.

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In reading your tale of lost documents and photos I had to think of how much is lost in my life when I don’t allow God to do a regular scan. I agree with Bridget’s comment above, “As we grow closer to God, the prayer found in Psalm 139 can actually become quite comforting.” Praise the Lord that “Our Heavenly Father’s scans are always accurate” and even better He can eradicate the “viruses” and fix any “corrupted files.” Thank you David for another thought provoking post!

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And here is that much anticipated post that we discussed, and it’s a good one too David! Thank you for the shout out as well. We must, must, must stay connected to Father God, if not we will run into trouble or out of power. Our moblie phones run merrily on stored battery power, but if we don’t connect them to a power source they die! God bless you brother.

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As we grow closer to God, the prayer found in Psalm 139 can actually become quite comforting. Our love for Him overshadows the things our flesh wants. But it still can be easy to slip into mindsets and desires that aren’t of God. So it’s probably a good idea to pray this prayer on occasion. Thanks so much for this encouraging post. So sorry about your hard drive. I have been in that boat too!

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