"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them." Isaiah 42:16
Lead - While the translation here says "lead", this word is used because the direct object is "blind". This translation fits our picture of leading the blind. But the Hebrew root is halak, the word for "walk". So the sense of this verse is really, "I will make walk the blind". We encounter the same thought in the second part of the verse. The word translated "guide" really means, "make go". Both English translations take their clues from the word "blind", not from the meanings of the verbs themselves.
Think about the difference.
If I lead a blind person, I go ahead. I take him by the hand and guide him along the way. He is a helpless follower. The same is true for "guiding" the blind. But God does not say that we stumble along as helpless followers. He says that He makes us able to walk and that He makes us go. Because of Him, we become sufficient. He makes us able to see.
Until I understood this verb, I thought of God as the leader of the blind. I would always be incapable of handling things. I would always be in the dark, stumbling through life by smashing into unseen obstacles. But then I saw that God took my blindness and changed me so that I actually do see where I am going. He made me walk and He made be go in paths that I never imagined. I was not the helpless tag-along any more. God opened my eyes to directions I could never "see" in the dark. God did everything necessary to set me on the right path. But I have to do the walking and the going. He is step-by-step alongside while I walk with Him in the light. He is not the guide of a stumbling blind man.
Are you waiting for God to take you by the hand and lead you through the dark? Or have you let God open your eyes so that you are walking and going? It's His power all the time, but He will not walk for you. You've got to take the steps He shows you when your eyes are suddenly opened.
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