Topic: Psalm 23
She was six and eager to read to her brother. The 23rd Psalm was written on a card, and as she read, I smiled...
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He roasteth my soul..."
The simple error of reading "roasteth" instead of "restoreth" caught my attention. "That's actually the way we view God at times," I thought. Life can heat up with problems and frustrations. Sometimes we begin to see God as one who is roasting our soul, rather than the loving God who seeks to restore our soul.
The day-to-day challenges can weary us and cause our trust in our loving God to falter. We can begin to lose sight of Him as a God who always has our best interests at heart. When we begin to look just at our circumstances, our God begins to look small. When we look to our God as our source of strength, our circumstances tend to fall into perspective.
The difference between seeing our God as trustworthy and ready to restore, versus seeing Him as unconcerned and uncaring, is in our eyesight. It is in the way the eyes of our heart see.
God knows our tendency to look at things through the wrong lens. He encourages us in His Word. Listen...
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may
* know the hope to which He has called you
* know the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and
* know His incomparably great power for us who believe!" (Ephesians 1:18,19)
Ask God today to open the eyes of your heart so you may see Him in new ways. He promises to be your hope, your supply and your power. If your trust in God has begun to falter, ask Him today to change your eyesight. Ask Him to help you see Him as He is, a loving God who always has your best interests at heart...a God who can be trusted to restore whatever is lost or broken or hurting in your soul.
Can you pray now for God to open the eyes of your heart, so that you will see and appreciate Him in new and great ways?