Wednesday, October 07, 2015

October 7, 2015:  Overcoming Blurred Vision

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 279  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Don Moen singing the old hymn Trust And Obey, … redeclaring, as yesterday, the reality how we must live our lives trusting God’s ways and His will from His word. Only then will we be able to deal with those things we cannot see clearly.

Highlight Passage:   Job 19: 6 [NKJV] …  
6 Know then that God has wronged me, and has surrounded me with His net. 
…  Job’s vision was blurred and he misperceived the source of his circumstances.
Highlight Context – Job 19: 1-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Job couldn’t see that it was Satan, and not God, who was wrecking his life

Reference Passage #1 - Job 42: 5 [NKJV] … 
5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, … but now my eye sees You. 
… Job, through the eyes of faith and trust was finally able to see that God was not the source of his pain.

Reference Passage #2 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … 
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. 
… Trust and obey, as the linked song above sings … which is the only way to deal with life when our trials blur our vision

Reference Passage #3 - Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] … 
28 All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes. 
… God, thru Paul, exhorts Christians to live as daily living sacrifices avoiding the fires of the world.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Anne Cetas, uses a teaching illustration about the poor vision of horses. Biologically, horses have poor, blurry vision (see attached photo); and, since they cannot discern the difference between a big stick and a snake, causing them to bolt, horses with such blurry vision must be trained to trust that their rider would not lead them into threatening situations, even when things seem scary to them.

 Well, that’s somewhat where Job found himself, his “vision” of his painful circumstances being blurred so that he couldn’t see that Satan was the source of his ailments [see highlight passage linked above]. At the outset of his trials, we know that Job held strong faith in his God. However, as the pain wore on, as Satan had predicted to God, Job’s faith began to wane and he had trouble holding on to his faith in a loving, protecting, God. But ultimately God showed Job the truth, … that He would never leave Job or forsake him (see Deut, 31: 6, 8). And ultimately (see Job 42: 5 linked above) Job was able to trust God and see that his God had not failed him.

 And isn’t that the way our vision often works, especially when we’re led or thrust into painful or confusing circumstances; and we so often let our feelings, especially our pain, blur our vision as Christians; and we have trouble seeing life and the truth of Romans 8: 28, which is so, so difficult to believe when our perception of life becomes blurred by our pain or malady.

 So, … If any are reading here with me are in the midst of some very confusing or painful circumstances, I pray that we can simply do what Don Moen sings in the linked song above, repeated here today from yesterday; and we can “Trust and Obey.”

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … Help me see You love me and are with me no matter what I’m going through.  … Amen  

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