I wear glasses and so have difficulty staring at light/screens or reading up close without them. I remember one day that I forgot my glasses at home and went off to work. When I got to the office my assistant offered me her glasses (she wears glasses too)
One would think that my problem was solved but no! I brought her glasses close to my face and felt dizzy and woozy. Wow! What happened? I thought glasses are meant to help you see or read better?
Yep they are! But you have to have the right prescription.
That brings me to my thoughts for today
Here’s what the Holy Spirit showed me from the book of 2nd Corinthians 4-16-18.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message (MSG)
16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
IT OFTEN LOOKS LIKE …
Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s not really what it looks like?” Hmmm! If you’ve been in a relationship with an unfaithful partner, you would have heard this often (ouch!).
But do you know that sometimes, this phrase really explains the situation? Sometimes things are not the way they appear at first sight. Take a second look.
Our perception of circumstances and situations might be faulty… It all depends on what lens you are looking through.
Everything would seem to be wrong or falling apart when you look through the eyes of popular opinion or worldly philosophy.
The lens of the world tells you that you are a lost cause. It tells you that your mates have gone far ahead of you. It can also tell you that life is no longer worth living; what are you still living for? You can never get married, you can never have that baby, you can never be a financial success, you can never… you can never… you can never!!
That’s what you see when you look through the eye of the flesh.
But when you look at things through the lens of God’s word, you see that all things are working together for your good.
When you get the right lens, you become an overcomer. And the overcomer does not look at the things that are seen; he looks at the unseen.
God’s word cannot be interpreted with the physical eyes. Case in point, God’s word says you are healed; the symptoms tell you that you are sick- reference the boy that Jesus healed in Mark 9:14-29 (you can read the whole passage later)
Let’s just check out this part
22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
What it seemed like was death, but what it really was, was life!
Get the right lens; readjust your focus and look again.
Every day of consistently gazing unflinchingly on the word of God works a depth of grace that can’t be quantified.
Put on the right lens, focus on the promises of God and get set for a lavish celebration.
It’s not always what it looks like!