Perception Through The Eyes of God

Let’s imagine for a moment that we could see the world like God does. I often imagine him sitting from his place on high looking down on us and seeing the commotion and hearing the cacophony throughout the week. Then, on Sunday as we gather to worship, our voices join together in a swell of harmony. Different churches singing different hymns and praise songs all flowing together to create a beautiful chorus in which all of the voices seem to be in one accord.

Everything that we see in this world, we see with our own eyes – both spiritually and physically. Events and objects are what we deem them based upon that perception, although in reality, they are so much more and so different in God’s eyes.

One example that I think illustrates this well is the story of the young boy and his father. The boy was always asking his father to play catch with him and finally one day the father conceded after always complaining that he was too busy. At the end of the day, both the father and the son wrote in their own diaries. The father wrote: “I didn’t get anything accomplished today. I wasted the day playing catch and got no work done. Nothing special to report.” The boy’s diary, on the other hand, read like this: “Today daddy played catch with me for the first time! It was awesome! This had to have been the best day ever!”

Amazing isn’t it? The exact same event, yet it was viewed so differently by two different people. What about in our lives? Are there times when we can’t see the forest for the trees because we are putting our own slant on the situation? It is like the time in Luke 7:36-50 when Jesus was having dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house and a prostitute came and poured expensive perfume on his feet and kissed them. Not only did Simon think that she was wasting the perfume, but he was shocked that Jesus would let such a sinner touch him. Jesus quickly set him straight and helped him see it from the true perspective that not only would her forgiveness be so much more profound, but that he hadn’t even offered water for Jesus feet.

In business and in life we are faced with many situations and events where we are forced to make judgments. In some cases, we make judgments when we are not even invited to. In either event, we must always remember that there are two sides to every coin. Let’s pray that we see things more clearly through the eyes of the One who gave us eyes to see.

I want to send you all off with these words from Paul hoping that they will bless you and help you have a fulfilling rest of the week:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

* First Step Ministries is funded in part by weddings. If you need a minister to do your wedding in the Chicago area, please see our site at www.ministerforrent.com

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