Through the Right Lens
Instincts get distorted in a fallen world. Guilt and shame color our assumptions. So, whenever something goes wrong, one of the first things we think is that God might be punishing us, or perhaps disciplining us as a parent disciplines a child. We assume our circumstances are designed to teach us a lesson or scold us for our mistakes.
God does discipline His children, of course (Hebrews 12:7-11). But if that’s the first place our thoughts go when circumstances turn for the worse, that’s a problem. It means we’re insecure with God — that we see Him as a stern father or a zealous policeman looking for opportunities to exercise His authority. It means we’re looking at life through the wrong lens.
The right lens tells us that we will inevitably have trouble in a fallen world — everyone does — but that Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). A true perspective reminds us that we really do have an adversary who authors all sorts of bad things in our lives — and that God is good and generous in helping us through them. The reality is that God is cheering us on, even when we stumble, like a parent watching his child learn to walk. That bruised knee? It’s just part of the process. Ignore it and move on. Look at God through the right lens and know how strongly He is pulling for you.
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