How we feel and act about things is determined by our perspective, I know we all know this but I was amazed by how subtly our attitudes are affected by our perspective. For instance in 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) Peter says to the church ‘You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation a peculiar people’. The dictionary definition of peculiar is `strange, unusual, weird, odd, curious’. Now, like me, you might think ‘hey Lord I want to follow you but I really am not sure I want to belong to such a `peculiar` bunch of people and I certainly don’t want to be seen as peculiar! But if we look at the meaning of peculiar further it can also mean `distinctive, individual, unique, essential and special`; ‘well Lord now that’s better, that sounds like a really great bunch of people to belong to and to be myself, yes I`m happy with that’. Nothing has changed, we are still a peculiar people but as the New Living Translation (NLT) puts it in 1 Peter 2:9; we are `God’s very own possession` with a purpose to love Him and love each other’.
‘Through the eye, they must always believe a lie
Who see with and not through the eye, with and not through the eye
You may see what angels long to see, hear the harvest`s harmony
Leave the prison of your shame, and hear the sound of your own new name
Only the eyes of the heart perceive, That the deaf and blind can hear and see that insanity`s saner than sanity, That only a slave can be truly free
Through the eye, we see our life it has come alive
and only those who will see survive, with and not through the eye’
So it’s faith that changes our perception; how we see things. But just like me trying to see things clearly through my sore blurred eyes, I get caught up in how the world looks at that moment and lose sight of how the world will look once the drops have worked and my vision clears. In the moment I get agitated and lose my peace and perspective. But Jesus, above all people knew how important it was to see with the eye of faith, how important it was to keep a God based perspective on things. How could He have endured the journey to the cross without seeing the freedom for the world that the cross would achieve?
Jesus understood the importance of asking God for His perspective on His life every day. How often do we read Jesus went off by himself to pray? He knew that without talking to His Father He would lose the true perspective of His purpose and could so easily get side-tracked, discouraged or succumbed to temptation. We are no different, I find I need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to help me have faith and to see things how God sees them and not to be blinded by how things may appear, as it`s all too easy to be overwhelmed by daily living sometimes. Jesus lays this out very clearly in Matthew 21:21 ‘Jesus replied ‘truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, Go throw yourself into the sea and it will be done’.
Sometimes our perspective gets confused or mixed up and at these times we can see our faith as very small and the mountain as very big (and sometimes the mountains are genuinely very big). I find that it is at this point, if I can stop panicking long enough, that I have to ask the Lord to change my perspective so that I can see through the eye of faith. Thank God that the bible teaches us that faith is a gift and we can ask God for, even for the faith to see things as He sees them. He is truly wonderfully understanding of our human condition. We need faith to change the perspective of our mountain/s and He even provides as a gift the faith to do that.
So my daily challenge and prayer is; ‘Lord help me to see things through the eye of faith – to see things how You see them Lord, and to not see them how they sometimes appear’.
Author: Jan Pearson
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