One of the reasons we struggle in the Christian life is because we don’t see the things of life the way that God sees them. We have a spiritual astigmatism that distorts our vision and makes it impossible to see as God sees. The prophet Samuel experienced this when he went to anoint David as king in Israel. When he arrived at the home of Jesse in Bethlehem he was greeted by seven young men, any of whom, in the eyes of the prophet, would have been excellent candidates to be king. But not in God’s eyes. It was David, the youngest, the smallest, the insignificant (so insignificant that he wasn’t even invited to the dinner) that God had chosen. As Samuel looked at Eliab the eldest son, tanned and hardened by labor in the fields, he was sure that this was the next king. To Samuel he gave every appearance of meeting the criteria that society had established for kingship. But God said to the prophet do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It was the heart of Eliab, who he was on the inside, that God saw, not the glory of his physical stature or the greatness of his accomplishments.
So how does God see life? He sees the reality of life; the clear image as opposed to the shadows. Unlike God we see life in a mirror dimly (1 Corinthians 13:12). Mirrors in the first century were polished pieces of brass or some other metal that reflected a less than perfect image. That’s how we see life, like a bad reflection. And the reflection becomes even more distorted when we make no attempt to see life from God’s vantage point.
The dilemma we find ourselves in is needing to see life clearly but looking at it through finite eyes. That’s a sure receipt for a distorted view. What we need to do is to stop looking at life from our perspective and begin looking at life through the eyes of God. As long as we look at life with human eyes, even sanctified human eyes, we will not see clearly and our life will be based on an unclear vision. It’s when we begin to look at life with the eyes of God (here the Bible becomes vital to our success) that we will have a clearer vision. The clearer our vision becomes the greater success we will have in the spiritual struggles of life.
Seeing life as God sees life will never be easy. It will require diligence. You will need to constantly refocus your vision. You will fail. But it is possible to see life through the eyes of God even if not perfectly. It is possible to gain a clearer vision – to see the reality as opposed to the shadows.
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