BEING MALCONTENT IS A BLINDNESS
Ephesians 4:17-32 (KJV)
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
The ‘vanity’ or ‘worthlessness’ of the mind in many today is evident. They are not content with what they have, they are fearful of even staying the same in what they have. They want more and more, and are terrified at the thought of losing ground in their possession of carnal mammon.
The thoughts and concerns of people today is too much on things not on God’s teachings. They worry over the stock market, they fret their sports team record, they are concerned the lawn service may miss getting the June bugs. The souls of their loved ones may hang in precarious jeopardy, the church may be not seeing any revival or move of the Holy Spirit, the political decisions are based on economics and not on morals and ethics. Their minds may be filled with pornography, their mouths may be condoning abortion and perversions, instead of the Word of God. This ‘vanity of their mind’ has brought about a ‘darkened’ view of life, and they are blind to what God wants them to know and to do. They are not contented in the Lord. They are blind to what God is wanting in their lives.
The ‘blindness of their heart’ is a major problem in our day, as it was in Paul’s.
DEFINITION OF THE WORD, ‘blindness’
The words ‘blind’ and ‘blindness’, in the Greek, come from ‘tuphloo’ and ‘poroo’.
Tuphloo, is from the root word ‘tuph’ meaning ‘to burn, to smoke’, and speaks of the way smoke could be so heavy it would obscure and make it almost impossible to see. It speaks metaphorically of dulling of the intellect, making it difficult or impossible to discern. It is found in John 12:40, II Corinthians 4:4, I John 2:11, Romans 2:19, II Peter 1:9, and Rev. 3:17. In Acts 13:11, it speaks of physical blindness.
Poroo, is from the root word ‘poros’, meaning ‘a thick skin,’ or ‘a hardening’. It is sometimes translated ‘hardening’. It is like the scales of hard matter that can cover the eye area, and make it impossible to see. (See Romans 11:7, II Corinthians 3:14, Romans 11:25, Ephesians 4:18, Mark 3:5)
There is much blindness in Christianity today, as in all ages. In this age, it is especially prevalent, for the devil knows that his time is very limited, and he seeks to deceive even the elect, if he can.
The ‘smoke’ of sin in this world has blinded many in the church from the things they should be seeing. They are blinded because the truth is obscure, and impossible to see, due to the ‘smoke’ of the sinful world in which we live.
The ‘hardening’ of scales on the eyes of many in the church makes what the Lord wants them to see, impossible to be seen. They are blind. Paul faced that kind of blindness in the church in Ephesus then, we see it far too much in the church of this day.
Turn on Christian television and watch, listen. How long before the ‘on’ was pushed, and some ‘blind’ doctrine is preached? It does not take long on many of those stations, on many of those programs. The greed and false words and dreams, that is proclaimed in the name of the Lord, but errant from the truth of the Word is easy to find. They proclaim personal visions from God that disagree with the Word of God, and are therefore evil. Yet, the crowds cheer, hoping the message of prosperity is for them, they give their offerings, and go home still blind. The are so discontented that they cannot see the truths of God.