When you get home today, take another look in the mirror and ask God to let you see yourself the way that He sees you. Don’t be afraid. Hebrews 4:12 -16 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
God will let you see, little by little, the areas of your life where you are still conforming to the world’s standards for love, the world’s standards for success, and the world’s standard for how to get others to desire you. His Word will begin to correct your spiritual vision, your mind’s eyes, so you can accurately see yourself and the world around you.
No longer will you see like the ten scouts of the Israelites in Numbers 13:33b when they declared, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” For Ps. 119 says that Word of God contains everything man needs to know: Law – (instruction or revelation); statute (orders), precepts (teachings & guidelines), ways, decrees (ruling or judgment), commands, ordinances, a refreshing word for what you are going through, and God’s promises.
Psalm 119:18 says “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
Prov 4:20-26 admonishes us to pay attention to God’s Word. “Listen closely, don’t let them out of your sight. Keep them within your hearts; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.”
There was a time, many years ago, when I proudly thought that I was really quite a loving wife. That was until I read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, which describes what true love looks like. It was like taking a closer look in a full-length mirror. Once I re-examined my attitude, my forgiveness, and my actions, based on what I read, I knew I was really falling short in the love department and asked Jesus Christ to help me.
What I have I learned over the years? I’ve learned that I can’t neglect reading, studying, and applying the Bible to my life, because God has a better ‘eye.’ What does He see in my heart today? What does He think of my intentions? He knows how I should think, behave, and speak. If I want to enjoy the journey, I’m learning that I must continue to place a guard over my mouth, and align my thinking with what the Word of God says. Every time I do so, my faith increases, my hope is renewed, because I stand on His Word with expectancy in my heart. I expect my life to get better. I expect my attitude to change. I expect my viewpoint to be more reasonable and loving. I expect God to help me to forgive and move forward. I expect to have peace. I expect to have joy.
I pray that today will bring with it another chance for you to see yourself and your life from God’s perspective. For God’s Word has the power to help us to see ourselves as we really are, and then transform our minds, hearts, and lives.
Until next time, etj3!
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