Seeing clearly

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Have you ever looked in a fun house mirror?

It can be entertaining to stare at your reflection (or someone else’s!) and laugh at how it makes you look unnaturally tall and thin. Then you go to the next mirror, and you look like someone has tried to flatten you. A curve in the glass turns the reflection into a crazy version of reality.

But imagine looking at one and not knowing it was warped. How unsettling would it feel if every time you looked in a mirror, or through a window, it was messed up like that? It would become hard to know how things actually looked, and what was fake.

A man named Asaph struggled with a similar issue with his vision. He looked around him and saw big problems. Everywhere he looked, he saw people who were arrogant, greedy, violent, and wicked. And the worst part was there was nothing stopping them from doing terrible things. In fact, they just seemed to get richer. These people laughed at the idea of God. They said, “How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?” (Psalm 73:11). From what Asaph could see, they were getting away with everything.

This injustice was so frustrating to him. But then, he started looking at things a different way. It was like getting rid of a distorted mirror and looking into a clear one. When he looked at things the way God sees them, it changed everything. And what did he learn? He said, “Those who are far from You [God] shall perish” (Psalm 73:27). It looked like they were getting away with their wickedness. But that was not the truth. God is very aware of what each one of us has done. Psalm 139:2 says, “You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off” He not only sees our actions and hears our words — He even knows our thoughts. We cannot hide from God, or the consequences of our actions.

But the incredible truth is that God sees the wrong things we do, say, and think, and still loves us. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Don’t miss seeing this part of the truth! Our sins have separated us from God, but He loves us enough to pursue us. Make no mistake: your sin is serious. But God’s love is too. He is so serious about it that He gave His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour.

Do you see how much you need Him?

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