Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"The God Perspective - Rose Colored Glasses"

"Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead".  John 11:14

We have all heard the expression "looking through rose-colored glasses".  It means that we want to see everything as pleasant, beautiful and going well even when they aren't.  People tend to do this because they don't want to face the reality that things are not well. 

Many Christians are living their lives looking through "rose-colored" glasses.  They see things different-- especially bad things-- than the way they really are.  When something is going bad, they try to confess it away, claim it away, command it to be different or if they just don't talk about the situation it won't exist or it will change.  They conclude that to say something is going wrong is lack of faith.   

Let's talk about this way of thinking from the God perspective.  Let me say that it is not a lack of faith to call black black and white white.  It is not a lack of faith to say you are sick when sickness is in your body.  It is not a lack of faith to say you don't have enough to pay your bills when you don't have enough to pay your bills. 

Jesus did not teach this.  Jesus called things as they were.  "Lazarus is dead!".  He wasn't looking through rose-colored glasses.  He was looking through the eyes of faith and following the word He had received from the Father.  He called it just like it was-- Lazarus is dead... but... we are going to go "wake him". 

Looking through "rose-colored" glasses says there is no problem, everything is lovely, everything is great.  But looking through "blood-colored" glasses (red-glasses, that's what I call them-- looking through the backdrop of the cross, the word of God, and the victorious resurrection of Jesus) we can call things that "are" as though they aren't.  We can say there is sickness, but the Lord is Healer, by His stripes we are healed.  We can say there is a problem, but the Lord is my Helper.   

If there is no problem, why do we need to pray, why do we need the Lord to work on our behalf, how will He get the glory for solving the problem "that doesn't exist"?  Acknowledge the problem, but don't stay there.  Don't keep talking and talking about it.  Don't keep rehearsing it.  Don't get stuck in it.  Acknowledge it and stand in faith concerning it.

Have a great day.  Are you looking at problems through "rose-colored" glasses or through "red glasses" of faith?   

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