We are reminded in 2 Peter to not be near sighted. Peter is talking about qualities that will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If your eye doctor diagnosis you as near sighted, it means that you are not able to see things far away. You can easily read a book that you are holding on your lap but as you look into the distance things become blurred
How does this work for us who have more history than future? Is there a danger that we may be nearsighted as we look into the rear view mirror of our life?
One of the advantages to aging is the opportunity to recognize that what at first seems like a new encounter with God is actually the next chapter in a story that began years ago. God, sometimes described as the “Hound of Heaven,” (1) has been in pursuit of us throughout the story of our lives.
Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to give us lenses that will enable us to recognize the encounters we have had with Him that are being used to create the weaving we are experiencing today.
Let’s ask us to remember the prayer we prayed years ago that we are living in the good of today.
Let’s remember that the ministry we are called to is one that we have been prepared for though the environments we have been led.
God, let me not be nearsighted as I look into the rear view mirror of my life. May I walk in authority today as I am reminded that you are a promise keeping God.
(1) “Hound of Heaven,” Francis Thompson
one of the advantages of having lived a good piece of life is a more realistic view of who God is. He is bigger than I thought, He’s more gracious than I thought, He is more involved in my life than I thought, and His plan is far more anchored in grace than I thought. Having a better understanding of those everlasting arms that are underneath me gives me vision closer to 20/20 than I could have had without having experienced His intervention in my life these many years. I’ve come to value and appreciate all these years, and thank Him and praise Him that He is faithful to continually offer himself to one as resistant and stubborn as me. He has stolen my heart!
What a stunning tribute to the One Who is Worthy. Thank you for being a joy to Him and those of us who love Him. This is the language that will prompt our grandchildren to follow Jesus. Thank You.
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