January 26, 2018
Marvelous in My Eyes
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad (Psalm 118:22-24, NIV).
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When I was in elementary school, I wore thick blue eyeglasses. They weren’t very fashionable, but at least I could read the chalkboard. Decades later, I still need glasses or contact lenses to put the world in focus. These tools improve my vision dramatically. Yet sight is about more than being able to read letters far away. It can also be about how you perceive God and your life.
Do you see life through the lens of thanks or the lens of dissatisfaction?
The answer to this simple question dramatically changes everything.
If we train our minds to look for God at work and to give thanks, we will find many things to be “marvelous in our eyes.” If we wake up and speak out today’s truth from Psalm 118, “Let us rejoice today and be glad,” we frame the day in a perspective of praise and thanksgiving.
But if we awaken to texts on the phone, news headlines, or to-do lists, we’re bound to feel quite dissatisfied before breakfast. If we focus on the problems instead of the Problem Solver, we struggle, unable to see clearly.
Maybe it’s time for a home eye exam that is connected to your heart.
The Apostle Paul prayed that “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18, NIV).
As you choose to think of the spiritual blessings that belong to you in Christ, you can’t help but be more grateful.
In 1 Peter 2:7, we read Peter quoting today’s truth in Psalm 118:22 saying the cornerstone representing Christ is precious to those who believe, but it’s a stumbling block to those who do not believe. To some, Christ represents life. But to others who don’t believe, He is a rock to trip over, a reason to fall.
Each day, you can live with thanks - not because your health is perfect. Not because you have a lot of money in the bank. Not because your vacation is coming.
You can live with thanks and rejoicing because you are saved. The Lord has rescued you from sin. This is a reason to give thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.
On darker days when you sense your spiritual eyesight is failing, you can…
Remember where you’ve come from.
Remember how God has answered your prayers.
Remember the promises of God.
Put on the “eyeglasses of thanks” and you will discover many marvels to behold even today.
Dear Lord, may the eyes of my heart be enlightened to know the great hope I have in You. Forgive me for living with limited vision. Help me to see You at work in all things. I rejoice that my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Do you generally view life through a lens of thanksgiving? List five things God has done in your life this month and thank Him for it.
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