Last summer somehow I was affected with double vision. It was the result of a condition called third nerve palsy. Wearing a patch for three months was the only thing I could do until my vision returned. Losing part of my vision made for a difficult summer. I was looking forward to enjoying my vacation this summer without any obstructions, but such was not to be. A cold and sinus infection right before I left on my trip caused me to lose my sense of smell and taste. No matter how delightful or how obnoxious, I was not able to discern how things smelled or tasted. I am just about fully recovered from my latest dance with losing my senses.
As annoying as these losses were, I am afraid that many of us have lost something far more significant. We have lost our sense of sin. We have allowed so many things to plug up our relationship with God so that we are no longer sensitive to evil in our own heart. Our language becomes hateful, our behavior unloving, our attitude ungrateful and our spirit descends into bitterness. We become careless with what we watch and reckless in the places we go. What can we do when we no longer have that sense of sin?
King David went for some time hiding his adulterous affair with Bathsheba. His joy dried up and his songs of praise became silent as he went about his duties. But God sent a prophet with a word from the Lord. Nathan pointed out to David his terrible sin and the wells of repentance broke open for David. He said in Psalm 51:2,3: “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me”. David’s sense of sin was fully restored as he repented before the Lord.
Visit the Great Physician and take the strong medicine of His Holy Word to break up your insensitive spirit. Oh, by the way, pray that next vacation I won’t lose my hearing.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation