Are You Wearing Your Gospel Glasses?

Woe!  What a noticeable difference when you remove your glasses!  Don’t try that while you are driving!

Things that were once so clear are immediately so blurry.  You’re looking at the same stuff.  Your situation hasn’t changed.  But your ability to decipher it clearly and respond appropriately is greatly impaired.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to lose perspective on some of the “basics” in your relationship with God?   How quickly we lay aside our “gospel glasses” and take in the things of our life with the impaired vision of our worldly wisdom.

Are you wearing your gospel glasses right now?   Take a moment and meditate on some of  the broad overarching realities of how God relates to you in Christ?  Here are just a few:

  • He knows about me (every sin, every hurt, every insecurity)
  • He is with me.  He came to rescue me!
  • He cares about me.  He came to rescue me from each sin, hurt, insecurity.
  • He is for me.  Not in the sense that he exists for me but rather that his glory is also my good.  Therefore, while I exist for His glory, He is always good toward me.
  • He has pity for me, like a Father would for his children’s inabilities and weaknesses.
  • He hears me when I call
  • He helps me when I am helpless
  • He protects me when I cannot protect myself
  • He prays for me when my pleas would not be enough
  • He guides me when I am lost
  • He provides for me when I am surrounded by enemies
  • He strengthens me when I am at my weakest
Are you wearing your gospel glasses today?
Can you think of more of these gospel truths?

A God I Don’t Get

confused_studentI’m glad I serve a God I don’t always get. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God.” There are a lot of things about God I don’t fully understand: that’s why He’s God and I’m just me. Take the problem of evil. “Evil, a problem? No kidding.” Let me be more specific. The “problem of evil” refers to the seeming incompatibility of three statements: 1) God is all-good, 2) God is all-powerful, and 3) Evil* exists in the world.

Take any two of the statements as true, and the third seems impossible. Haven’t you, in the midst of suffering, ever wondered whether a good God would allow you to experience such pain? Or maybe you doubted God’s power to bring you through the trial? Not only do we struggle with the problem of evil when we go through tough times–theologians have been working through this question for centuries, and their attempts at an answer come in three basic types: Continue reading