Although we may not always feel victorious, we are. Even if our situations do not resemble royalty, we are sons & daughters of the King. Despite our positioning on this earth, we are just travelers passing through. Those great facts point to this simpler truth; things are not always what they seem. If you look around, it appears that evil is winning. Sometimes, personally, it “seems” that wickedness has triumphed. Apparently, appearances can be fooling. There are people that profess Christianity that have no intention of serving God. Even in a natural sense, we can be fooled into thinking that we know what the weather will be like because of what season it is. The fact of the matter is that God is in control, regardless of how things appear. To the untrained eye, I may look deserted, downcast, and dismayed by God. But a trained spiritual eye can see the closeness between a brokenhearted saint and Christ. My goal for this post is to retrain my eyesight, to magnify spiritual truth, thus disregarding carnal sightseeing. Join me!
“In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Matthew 23:28
“But He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘The weather will be fair, for the sky is red;’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but not the signs of the times!” Matthew 16:2-3
The two preceding verses speak of appearances. Matthew 23:28 speaks of portraying uprightness outwardly; however, being full of pretense inwardly, whereas Matthew 16: 2-3 deals with the interpretation of the weather successfully, nevertheless failing to identify the signs of the times. Both involve how things look. What’s the big deal, the people knew the rain was coming but did not know the sign of the times, right? Well, no. It was a great offense because the Son of God was walking out the words of so many prophets right before their eyes and they could not see it. It would not be long before Jesus would be betrayed, crucified, and resurrected with all power in His hands but they were oblivious to it. All they knew was that they needed coverings for their heads but were not the least bit concerned about protection for their souls. That is, they were more sensitive to natural matters than spiritual matters.
I can imagine the taste I leave in God’s mouth when I become consumed with my surroundings and lose focus on Him. No wonder, Jesus is our Good Shepard. We as sheep have the propensity to wander. Where do we go? Towards what we see. But what we see isn’t really what we see now is it? We think that thing that is just barely out of his will that does not appear that harmless is what will right our wrongs. Often, it seems that we’ve suffered too much at the hand of the Lord and it is time for us to begin to govern our own lives, right? Wrong. We are safe with our Dad. Although we imagine a surefooted sugarcoated path for ourselves, Dad knows what we need. He sees what we cannot and sometimes choose not to see.
“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11
I thought I saw defeat but I’ve got the spoil
Certainly, it was worth all the toil
Sprouted from the earth, fresh flowers in soil
When the rain comes it’s to hydrate and nourish
Difficulties, I’ve come to cherish
Hardships, I’m no longer embarrassed
Because God makes me flourish
What the enemy meant for evil, God flipped
Demons running after me, all slipped
Purpose unraveling, gifts are unzipped
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