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A Devotional:

Spectacles of Faith

“For we walk by faith and not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

A few years back, my wife and I had the opportunity to take my two girls to see the newest Peanuts movie. For some reason, we thought it would be a good idea to go to the 3-D showing. Did I mention that one of my daughters was 2 years old at the time? What on earth ever made us think she would leave her 3-D glasses on throughout the entire movie? What made us think she would sit still throughout the entire movie?

The first half of the movie was me and my wife trying to get her settled down and to keep the glasses on her face so she could watch the movie as intended. I was worried, that by looking at the screen without the proper eyewear on, she would get a headache or worse since the image on the screen is blurry and distorted. Finally, about halfway through she settled into her momma’s lap, left the glasses on and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It was a special time for my wife and I to share a childhood favorite of ours with our daughters. To hear my other daughter, who was 10 at the time, laughing at all the crazy things Charlie Brown got himself into or how the 2-year-old would yell out in excitement every time Snoopy and “Woodstock” came on the screen, were memories I will never forget.

A lot of times in life, we try to view this world through the lenses of the world. However, when we do this what we see is often blurry or distorted and it can cause headaches or worse. God has given proper eyewear to all who have placed their faith in Christ Jesus and this eyewear helps us to see things clearly and helps us to enjoy “the show” in ways we never could without them. These glasses are what I like to call spectacles of faith. When we put on our spectacles of faith and look at the situations and the circumstances we find ourselves in, we see them clearly and vividly even if we don’t understand exactly what is going on in the moment. The spectacles of faith give us a peace about our trials helping us persevere, endure any hardship and overcome any obstacle because we see things looking through the lenses of faith. Faith in our Lord, faith in the fact He will see us through. Faith in the fact He will never leave us nor forsake us. Faith in the fact that if He is for us who can be against us. Faith in the fact that even though we will have tribulations in the world, we need not fear for Christ has overcome the world!

So if the situations and circumstances today look blurry and distorted, don’t forget to put on your spectacles of faith and see things through the lenses of God’s truth. Afterward, settle in and enjoy the show; the Director of it is awesome and amazing and He wants to show you things you have never seen before!

Pray: God please replace my anxiety with assurance, my doubt with trust, my fear with faith, my worries with worship. God, please help me to walk by faith and not by sight. God help me to see every situation in light of You and Your word.

Adam Mask
CBC Campus Pastor

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