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Seeing Things Through God's EyesSeeing Things Through God's Eyes
by Rubel Shelly

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    It was poet Robert Burns who wished for humankind the power to see ourselves as others see us. My, what insights that would bring! But there is still another perspective on human affairs that is greater still.

    What if we could see as God sees? From the study of life, human nature, and Scripture, I’m convinced his perspective would set us free to really live.

If we could see as God sees, we would know that most human fears never materialize.

    Most of the things most of us spend most of our time worrying over are never going to happen anyway. So we waste energy and weaken ourselves for the day’s task. Maybe this is why Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

If we could see as God sees, we would realize that no problem that does come is insurmountable.

    In our gloomier moments of financial stress, illness, or family problems, we brood over questions without answers. But the promise of Scripture stands: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”

If we could see as God sees, we would understand that no trial comes without a blessing attached.

...His perspective would set us free to really live.
    It cannot be seen in advance. In our perplexity, we doubt that anything good can come from a heartache. But the half-brother of Jesus put the divine pledge this way: “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”

If we could see as God sees, we would know that pain always signals the possibility for growth.

    Although we sigh for a world free of stress, we know deep inside that such a world would produce calloused and unfeeling people. “Endure trials for the sake of discipline,” wrote the unnamed author of Hebrews. “Discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

    God has given us the certain knowledge through Jesus that the meaning of all that happens here is found in realities we have never seen. To see through his eyes and to live on the basis of his promises is the meaning of a life of faith.

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      © 2003, Rubel Shelly. Used by permission. From Rubel Shelly's "FAX of Life" printed each Tuesday. See Faith Matters for previous issues of the "FAX of Life."

      Title: "Seeing Things Through God's Eyes"
      Author: Rubel Shelly
      Publication Date: July 2, 2003

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Rubel ShellyRubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee since 1978. He is the author of more than 20 books. For more details, click here.


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