Everything Else Fades Away

Marred by sin.

But sin is like that. It blinds us to the consequences of our actions. We get so nearsighted when we see something we want to experience that everything else fades away.  –Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason

That reminded me of times in my life, as a Christian, where I thought I had completely lost my mind.  I became consumed with sin and everything else just disappeared or faded away.  I was able to reflect on one specific instance after it happened and from my perspective there was no thought process going on in my head.  Quite scary.

It actually seemed that I would not have been able to rely on Jesus for anything because there was nothing else in my mind.  I fear that all reason had left me.  I imagine King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 not being in his right mind in a similar fashion.  After he is released from this we see him exalt God.

But at the end of the appointed time I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up toward heaven, and my sanity returned to me.
I extolled the Most High,
and I praised and glorified the one who lives forever.
For his authority is an everlasting authority,
and his kingdom extends from one generation to the next.

Daniel 4:34

I do not recall exalting God when I was done.  I do remember being thankful that I did not do anything worse than I had already done.

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