I went to the optometrist yesterday morning expecting to hear the same news I’ve always heard “Great vision, see you next year.” But yesterday was a different visit. It lasted longer, I had to read a lot more of those itty-bitty lines than usual, and it ended with the doctor saying, “Let me write this prescription.” I thought my world would fall apart as I went to try on different shapes, colors, and styles of glasses. I hesitantly told my mom about my unwelcomed accessory, and to my surprise, I was called today to pick up my new specs. I put them on and everything was clearer. Not just a little bit, but a whole lot! How often do we hesitate to see things through God’s lenses?
When we see things our way, we see things through our experiences, sin, and advice from others. When God wants to show us the right, best, and most perfect view of ourselves. All of us are, as Psalms 139:14 says, “fearfully and wonderfully made“. So that’s the first lens we must use. When we look at ourselves, we should know that God sees us which is a reflection of Himself. (Genesis 1:27) Even though we all are different, to God we all are amazing in His sight. We should also view struggles through a different perspective. Our trials should be viewed as a joy according to James 1:2-3 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” You can only view a trouble as a joy when you have on different lenses.
When we stop viewing the world from our skewed perspective, we will be able to conquer obstacles that people said should stop us. Like Joshua did when asked about the Promised Land. “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30). We will be able to find joy in life’s biggest sorrows. Like Paul and Silas who chose to praise God while locked away in jail (Acts 16:25). And we will be able to give thanks to God in situations people think that we should abandon our faith. Like Job when his wife suggested he curse God and die in Job 2:9. So as you adjust to your knew lenses, know that God sees things differently than you. (Isaiah 55:9) Don’t be alarmed, He has it all under control.
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