I still remember the day I got my first pair of glasses. I walked out of the optometrist’s office, looked at the trees lining the sidewalk and could see distinctly every leaf fluttering in the breeze. Suddenly, my eyesight had gone from a minimal blur to 20/20 vision.
What I failed to realize as a nine-year-old was that my vision had become impaired. One day in school, my fourth-grade teacher asked me to read a math problem on the board. My assigned seat was over halfway back in the room. Dutifully, I read off the numbers and then sat in shock as the teacher berated me, “Why didn’t you tell me you couldn’t see the board?” What added to my distress was watching Miss Graybeal jump up and down shouting at the top of her lungs—the normal reaction when a student misbehaved. Not knowing what I had done wrong, I gingerly made my way to the front seat she strongly indicated was now mine.
I wish I could maintain 2020 vision spiritually, and the lens to my soul never needs a transformation. The truth is my spiritual eyesight can become blurry and over time distort my perception of God. Just like requiring changes in visual aids for my eyes, my spiritual vision requires adjustment as well. Fortunately, unlike my fourth-grade teacher, God has a different way of guiding me to a better viewing seat.
Recently, I heard a sermon that spoke truth into my life with these words:
Your VIEW of God will determine your WHO.
Challenged to think about how I currently perceive God, I pondered these questions: Was the lens I use to view God outdated? Was I becoming too dependent on earthly comforts, unaware that my spiritual vision was fading? Are there times I narrow God’s image with personal viewpoints? Without adjusting my spiritual eyesight, limited beliefs effect my view of God and how He works. He diminishes as the lens to my soul is restricted by the challenges and busyness within my life’s day-to-day journey. I easily fail the test for spiritual 20/20 vision.
What about you? Do your spiritual eyes need correction? Acknowledging these truths helped me realign my perception of God and reminded me how great and unlimited our Lord is all the time!
1) God is in everything and He is faithful.
“Everything that God does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” Psalm 111: 3
The Lord God is not limited in how He works or what He does. All things are covered. What God does reveals His character. He is always faithful, and His promises are true. There is no other God like Him! It can be a daily struggle to keep those truths in our sight. Earthly reasoning sneaks in and limits our view of His grandeur. We may need to ask the Lord to replace our current lens so that we can appreciate His mercies anew. View God for who He is because all God does in my life and yours reveals His glory. Watch for it!
2) Every good gift is from God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Every good gift is from God–not some things or a few items. All things are His, and He is a good Father who loves regardless of where we are or what we have done. His gifts are not always what we ask for, but they are always the best for us. God does not change. His motives are just and gracious. Picture the Lord as your light in the darkness all the time. Thank Him for good gifts and expect them!
3) Give God all the glory due Him.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty
power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask
Ephesians 3: 20
The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power working in us today as God’s children. What God desires for us is infinitely more than we can ever visualize on our own. In our journey with the Lord, the eyes of our hearts, minds and souls must be open allowing God to provide wisdom that works to correct our vision. Even when I cannot see God’s hand in the midst of the mess and life gets hard, I need to shout praise and picture His power at work. Open your eyes and believe!
A.W. Tozer says it this way, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
What is your current vision level when it comes to God? Are there limited views of God that you are blindly holding on to? With God as your guide, you have a perfect viewing seat. Draw closer to Him so you recognize who He truly is. This determines how you grow and WHO you become in the journey.
Our vision improves when we see clearly through the right lens.The Lord loves you, knows your needs, and He desires for you to see Him with 20/20 vision. Visualize afresh our unlimited God! He is amazing!
In this journey with you…Just Kathy