Luke 18: 41 gives the reply of the blind man to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “I want to see again. I want to recover my sight.”
When we cry for mercy from the Lord, for what are we crying? Are we crying out to see again? Sin has sabotaged what we were meant to be. Ephesians 4 spells out how the resemblance to the Father we were meant to carry has been terribly marred. Our thinking has become devoid of truth and appropriateness, our ability to think things through has been darkened, and we’ve become locked into being strangers towards God. Me, myself, and I don’t know enough to change things.
Not knowing, instead of humbling us, setting us in the road of life crying out for mercy like this blind man on the downhill side of where he should be, we harden our hearts. Instead of recognizing our distance from God as a sinner, unable to look up to God and crying out for mercy (18: 13) , we are busy giving the reasons why we should be justified by God even though we are still in our sin.
Finally, sin causes us to lose all sensitivity because of the spiritual callouses we have built up against correction and repentance.
Only God can reverse and deliver us from what sin has done. Most of the time, when we are complaining about someone’s immoral behavior the damage has already been done. They don’t need reform. They need renewal. They need regeneration and resurrection. They need a new horizon of eternal life set before them and only Jesus can answer that request if and when it’s made.