Reading from my pastoral counseling course:
Why was such an awesome miracle necessary? Because sin not only reduces us to fools, but also inflicts us with a profound blindness. This spiritual blindness affects us in many ways, by ultimately it obscures our God as He has revealed Himself. Yes, God as a Spirit is physically hidden, but sin blinds us from Him in a much more profoundly spiritual sense. Like the people in the days of Christ, we don’t see God even when He is right in front of our eyes. The troubling thing about Sara’s story of her divorce is not just that it is a sad story of rejection and abandonment. It’s that her recounting of the story is utterly godless. In her heart-wrenching narrative there is no recognition of God’s presence, plan, or active love. Sara suffers not only from the consequences of a nasty divorce, but from a fundamental inability to see God. This aggravates and distorts the impact of the divorce on her heart and behavior. The hope and help that Sara really needs begins with seeing God.
Listen when people tell you their stories. Usually their stories will be devoid of any functional recognition of God’s presence, power, goodness, and grace. When they don’t see God, they become dazzled and captured by other glories—the fading glories of relationships, position, possessions, appearance, and achievement. They get worried or depressed or terrified by the wrong things. When they do not see the glory of God, they treat their problems with more problems! Failures in human wisdom, character, and strength will be treated with another dose of human wisdom, character and strength, rather than a cry to the God of real rescue.
Paul David Tripp, “A Community of Counselors: The Fruit of Good Preaching,” ed. David A. Powlison, The Journal of Biblical Counseling, Number 2, Winter 2003 21 (2003): 48.
What’s our biggest problem? A lack of God.