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Seeing straight

April 2013 | by Kasey Carter

Seeing straight

When we have impaired eyesight, many of us resort to wearing glasses, corrective lenses or LASIK surgery to undoubtedly improve our vision.

But what happens when our spiritual lives become volatile because of an inability to see God? This impairment hampers our ability to earnestly seek him and trust him in our lives.
    ‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law’ (Psalm 119:18). What conscious efforts must we make in order to refocus our sight on God? Perhaps our spiritual vision has been blurred because we are constantly seeking others’ praises instead of what the Lord wants for our lives.
    There is no doubt that we all earnestly seek approval through various relationships, such as with friends, peers, business associates and church. It is our innate nature to want to ‘fit in’ and be beloved and respected by others.
    While it is nice to be viewed as amicable by others, our ultimate goal is seeking Christ’s stamp of approval on our lives. Jesus said to some, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight’ (Luke 16:15).
    By being attentive to God’s Word, we become conscious of our sin and there results a relentless drive to better ourselves for him. ‘Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin’ (Romans 3:20). It is not always easy to acknowledge our shortcomings and pursue a path that might cause discomfort.
    
Closeness

But perhaps we have lost sight of Christ due to lack of motivation or through failure to realise the Lord’s true importance?
    It is never too late to move towards God and attain closeness with him. It is easier for us to realise that we need Christ in our lives when we are filled with fright and desperation, or while going through an adverse circumstance. This anxiety drives us to seek his wisdom to get us through the situation.
    In addition, many of us don’t ‘see’ the problem until we are truly hit with a devastating blow, such as death, job loss, financial strain or health concerns. It is paramount that we seek the Lord on a daily basis as well as on the ‘urgent need’ basis.
    By taking time to read God’s Word and pray, the Lord fortifies our vision so that we focus on him better. Our eyes can deceive us like a mirage, but God has the power to redirect our focus on himself.
    Only the Lord can provide the stable foundation necessary to better equip us through our daily routines. The Bible is our ‘owner’s manual’, because it encompasses everything we need in order to sustain a healthy mind, body and spirit.
    The chaos and disorder in our lives quickly becomes more tolerable and manageable by seeking God. He wants to repair our impaired sight … we just have to simply trust him and employ his Word in our lives.
Author of Forever Altered, Yet Unbroken and Faithful Crushers series
Kasey M. Carter