“The Lens of Scripture” April 13

 

The Lens of Scripture

Our perception, the filter through which we “see” everything has a tremendous effect on our lives. I often tell people in counseling that we are affected much more by what we “think about” what happens to us that what actually happens to us.

So how do you view the events of your life? What is your filter? Are you looking through the lens of Scripture or through the world’s lens? Are you seeing through the sovereignty of God or through a self-focused lens?

 

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 15 & 16
Psalm 45.1-5
Proverbs 14.4-5
Luke 11.29-54

 

The Lens of Scripture

 

Luke 11.29-54:

Perceptions

 

Verse 34, “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”

John MacArthur in his Daily Bible says, “The problem was their perception, not a lack of light.”

Our perception, the filter through which we “see” everything has a tremendous effect on our lives. I often tell people in counseling that we are affected much more by what we “think about” what happens to us that what actually happens to us.

As believers and children of the Sovereign God of the Universe, we should filter everything through the lens of Scripture beginning with verses like Romans 8.28-29:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

comparing shoes

When we’re tempted to compare ourselves to someone else financially, socially or career wise, do we allow envy to get a foothold or do we trust our loving heavenly Father to know what’s best for us?

When we must forgive – again – do we remember how much we’ve been forgiven and forgive graciously, or do we hold a grudge, give the silent treatment, or hold out for proof the other person really means it? 

When faced with a trial, do we hold on to 1 Corinthians 10.13 and remember God will give us the grace we need to respond without sinning? Can we “count it all joy” knowing that God is using it to grow us in faith and maturity (Jas. 1.2-5)?

In short, do we weigh our values, examine our actions, and view our circumstances through the lens of Scripture?

 

TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:

 

Joshua 15 & 16:

Driving Out Our Enemy

 

In these chapters and the next few, the boundaries for each tribe’s territory are being delineated. But notice verse 16.10:

“And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers.”

Another reminder to us that we can have things in our lives which God has told us to remove, but we believe “we have under control,” so we don’t completely “drive them out.” And just as the inhabitants of the land would later pull the Israelites down and lead them into sin and idolatry, so can those things that remain in our hearts and lives.

 

Psalm 45.1-5:

Our Wedding Song

 

These verses begin a song that most likely celebrated a royal wedding. We, too, can sing and rejoice for the upcoming “wedding of the Lamb” where we will be the “bride.”

 

Proverbs 14.4-5:

Truth & Lies

 

fingers crossed

Verse 5, “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.”

In the court system much depends on the truthfulness of the witnesses. But integrity is vital in all areas of life and in all relationships. Yet, too often, a person can be “bribed” by a desire for peace, a good appearance or personal gain.

We can become “false witnesses” by telling people what they want to hear, instead of speaking the truth in love. Sometimes we do so to avoid conflict. Other times we do so to gain approval, get something we want, or to gain or keep the upper hand.

While lying, withholding the truth, and other forms of deception might bring some immediate relief or result, it undermines our relationships with others, displeases God, and runs the risk of His discipline.

 

What about you?

Do you have some old enemies (those sins that don’t seem so bad) that you’re treating more like house guests? What are they? What does the Bible call them? Calling them what God says they are helps us see the seriousness of sin and better understand what we’re to put on in their place.

Do you think about eternity? Do you yearn and get excited about being united with your Bridegroom?

Are you truthful to your own hurt? Or do you justify “little white lies” if the result seems more acceptable?

How do you view your life? What is your filter? Are you seeing with God’s lens or your own?

Blessings,
Donna

 

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