Wearing Glasses: A Choice

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you;  your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63: 7-8 NIV

     Scanning our family photo, I realized many of us wore glasses. The styles and frames were different, but the objective was the same: each of us wanted to see clearly. Focus and clarity were our goals for distance and reading close-up. Without our glasses, we would stumble over objects, and not be able to drive or read.

     Focus and clarity are our goals in choices, too.  Some decisions are easy and have little consequence: shall I have chicken salad or a turkey sandwich for lunch? Others are significant: shall we move or stay put?

     I’ve recently studied Bible characters who were confronted with hard choices. Their decisions had outcomes-personally and for generations to come. A different decision would have had major consequences. Relying on their human reasoning over faith and God’s wisdom, would have been disastrous.

     David, a shepherd boy, when confronted with the opportunity to kill Goliath, chose to rely on God’s strength to complete his mission, rather than go in his weaknesses. His obedience prepared him to be anointed king. (1 Samuel 17)

     Ruth, a young widow, chose loyalty to her widowed mother-in-law, and moved to a foreign land. She could have remained in her familiar homeland, but chose otherwise. Boaz was waiting for her. They married and had a son who was in the line of King David and Jesus. (Ruth

     Mary faced the possibility of social stigma as a pregnant unwed teen but pursued obedience with joy. She bore the Messiah. (Luke 1: 26-38)

     The widow of Zapareth, chose to comply with Elijah’s request for a meal despite her poverty. She witnessed a miracle of food for two years.  (1 Kings 17: 7-16)

     Each of these people chose to look through the eyes of God’s strength rather than their personal weaknesses.

     Are you facing a tough decision today? Can you put on pair of glasses to see and focus on God’s strength? Why stumble?

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT