Through The Lenses
February 14-20, 2021 – Milton Dalida
It’s amazing how different type of lenses are made for different purposes so you can see things in a different perspective. When I was young I loved looking through a kaleidoscope and seeing the various colors and shapes as you turn the lenses. My favorite was the “pirate’s” spyglass telescope. I thought is was cool to be able to extend and contract the scope to see near and far. The best lenses I currently have are my reading glasses! Oh, what a wonderful thing it is to be able to see clearly.
Before I got my first pair of glasses in my freshman year of high school, I couldn’t read the blackboard or projector screen. I had to sit closer to the front of the class. I would accidentally wave to strangers from a distance because they looked like my friends. I remember going to the optometrist and taking the vision test. I couldn’t distinguish the difference between a “C” and a “G”, between an “E” and an “F”, or a “Q” and an “O”. But, when I finally got my first pair of glasses, I could see the world in it’s true image!
In Matthew 7:15-20 it says that there will be false prophets and wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. But, eventually the truth will come out and we’ll know them by their fruits (Galatians 5:22-26). Satan is hard at work to deceive the world of the truth of God’s love for you and me. He puts blinders on us so we can’t see the truth. He puts filters on our hearts and minds to distort the truth. But, if you abide in Jesus’s word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).
In heaven, Lucifer deceived the other angels through distorted lenses of the truth about God’s authority in love. His pride and deception led to a third of the angels to be cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:9; Isaiah 14:12-15). Stay close to Jesus and continually seek first His kingdom. If not, you may be led astray by unbelievers at work, teachers or classmates at school, or even those whom you may consider close friends. In order to avoid the counterfeit you must first know the real thing.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Continue to look through the lenses of God. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).