You might have heard the parable about four blind men who came across an elephant as they journeyed. The man who felt the leg was sure he was touching a large tree. But the one who reached out to the elephant’s side believed it was a huge wall. Feeling the trunk, the third man was convinced he had grabbed a large snake, while the blind man that grabbed the animal by the tail exclaimed that he’d found a useful rope!
Our perspective is the filter that everything in life passes through. Jesus taught us the power of how we see when he said:
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If all the light you have is darkness, it is dark indeed!” (Matthew 6:23)
:We tend to wear our points of view like comfortable sweat clothes. How often do we take time to really think about how we think? If we tell the truth, it’s not often enough that we even consider what we allow to linger in our thoughts. The busy days go by in a blur, and we settle deeper into our unchanged ways of seeing ourselves, the world, and even God.
For example, as children, we learned John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We know, as a matter of fact, that God is love. However, we live in a world driven by performance and competition, comparison, and grasping of every kind. In that type of environment, it’s almost impossible to constantly believe that God is our loving Father who is not requiring us to prove ourselves worthy of His love or affections.
I John 4:16 gives us a powerful truth to establish in our hearts. The Apostle John writes:
“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.”
This verse makes it clear that we progressively become acquainted with the depth of love God has for us. We must deliberately think about and experience (personally and in community with others) the love of God. The more we live our lives with an awareness of His love toward us, the more we will trust the purity and reliability of that love for us. That’s when we’ll become living proof that there is no fear in love. We won’t arrive at such a level of maturity by accident.
The world is exactly opposed to this perfect love, and because we live in this world, we must purposefully make God’s love our constant pursuit, meditation, and practice. How can we do this? King David the Psalmist had an amazing strategy: Music. He sang about God’s love for him and His people until no enemy army could weaken David’s confidence in God. ‘More than a warrior and a king, David was a man fully persuaded that God loved him deeply and without limits or stipulations.
Our challenge this week is to intentionally develop our faith as it relates to God’s love for us in a personal way. Here’s a short playlist to help us get started: