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A Bad Case of Myopia
By Karen L. Mechtly

Matthew 17:22-23
When they came together in Galilee, (Jesus) he said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief. 

While myopia is a visual defect known more commonly as nearsightedness, the word has come to mean lack of insight or discernment. That is what afflicted the disciples. When Jesus told them about his impending death and resurrection, they chose to focus only on the part about His death. We know this because the passage says they were filled with grief. It seems like they completely ignored the part about Jesus being raised to life.

The disciples were rightly concerned about Jesus' death. They loved Him and enjoyed the intimate relationship of being with Jesus every day. They knew they were going to miss the time they spent with Him. However, Jesus plainly told them He would come back to life. They did not need to be filled with grief.

How many times are we afflicted with myopia? We struggle with trials and although God's Word gives us many precious promises about His love and care, we ignore them and focus on the problems. Just as plainly as Jesus said told His disciples that He would rise again, He has told us He will meet all of our needs. Yet, we are unnecessarily grieved. We need to be healed of our myopia, and have our vision corrected.
   
Lord, Heal my vision. Help me to focus on the right thing.


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