Looking Glass

If you’ve ever been to the eye doctor in order to have an eye exam, you’ve had the doctor ask you to read a specific line of letters in order to test your vision. While you’re doing this, you are looking through a huge pair of what you could call adjustable glasses. If you can’t make out the letters on the chart, the doctor makes a certain amount of adjustments in order for you to see more clearly and to be able to see the letters the way he sees them. These would be one great pair of glasses. If you were having trouble seeing something, you could just make a couple adjustments (clicks) until you saw everything clearly.

Going back to the encounter between Jesus and the blind man in Mark 8, it’s sort of strange to me that after the first time Jesus touches the man’s eyes, he doesn’t see clearly right away. Jesus asks the man if he can see, which is crazy right there, and the man responds “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” (Mark 8:24 NIV)

I always wondered “Why wasn’t this man’s sight completely restored the first time Jesus touched him?” Every other time Jesus healed someone it only took one time. Why was this man so different?

The writer of Hebrews tells us “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) Just like in order to read the chart at the eye doctor’s office you have to look through those big pair of adjustable glasses, in order to see how God sees we must look through the lens of faith. The trials and tests that we go through in life are how God increases our faith and makes the necessary adjustments to our vision in order that we may see more clearly. Each time God tests us, tries us, touches us we start to see more clearly until we finally see exactly how He sees our situation, our circumstance, our problem, our obstacle, our world.

The first time Jesus touched the blind man, he could see for the first time. Jesus asked the man if he could see because He wanted to know if the man could see things the way that He could. Jesus touched his eyes again until the man eventually could see how He saw. Paul said it this way to the Corinthians “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV) He goes on later to say “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV) In other words Paul is telling us that God is going to keep making adjustments to our vision, going to keep increasing our faith, until we finally see how He sees.

So what are you seeing? Are your circumstances and situations not lining up with what God says in His Word? Are you seeing the world as God sees it? Start looking through the lens of faith today.

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