Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Perspective, Part 1

Perspective is often unreliable and very dangerous. How well we see determines how well we can walk in a straight line. Scripture refers to those who have bad perspective as those who have eyes but do not see. They are also known as the blind. “We grope for the wall like the blind, we grope like those who have no eyes,” Isaiah 59:10. Our story in this life is formed by many perspectives spoken into our own perspective.

Greg closed his eyes and he wept. Night after night his pillow was moistened by unrelenting sobs and a personal fear: “God, what’s wrong with me?!” The possibility that something might be wrong with his original blueprint heavied his heart well into his adult years. An ancient argument against God’s perspective was full-grown in his heart. And he wrestled with it. Then one day a gentlemen at his church was inspired by the Spirit of God to say this: “Greg, you used to cry into your pillow and ask what was wrong with you. God wants you to know that nothing is wrong with you.” There it was. The truth. And Greg’s eyes were opened. “…You will know the and the truth will set you free,” John 8:32.

Or, when you see the way God sees, you will see correctly.

Our perspectives govern our many choices in this life. Without the interception of Divine perspective, our choices are the products of arguments, desires, human wills and so on. Various divided perspectives determine our destiny. Without the DNA of Christ cleansing our perspectives… .transforming our wills and desires, we see our lives through darkened eyes. We cannot properly perceive circumstances and relationships. We are subject to eyesight that fails us. We are governed by a darkened, foggy, undiscerning conscience. "...you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding alienated from the life of God..." Ephesians 4:17-18. They cannot see well. They cannot understand correctly. They do not have the Life of God running through their conscience, affecting their perspective.

Our lives would often be radically different, our character deeply righteous, if we could see ALL through His eyes. We would undoubtedly make very different choices, speak very different words, believe very different philosophies… .if we could but see….

If Eve had been fully aware that no other offer was better than her present paradise, she would never have taken the fruit. And Tamar would not have closed her heart and ran into a corner if she understood that God wanted to be her comforter. Cain would have lowered his knife had he not been swept away by a Liar’s suggestion that God desired Abel more. “The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.’” Genesis 4:6-7. But Cain couldn’t see reality.

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