An Adjustment in Our Vision – Part 2
“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (Psalm 73:16-17 NIV)
The Psalmist Asaph admitted in his Psalm that he had almost gone over the edge as he contemplated the lives of the wicked who were seemingly prosperous and had no struggles, while he himself faced trials of many kinds. He had lost his spiritual eyesight and had actually become bitter. He had felt aggrieved, and it had even occurred to him that perhaps it was in vain that he was killing himself to try to live right. He compared himself to a brute beast before God during that time in his life, when he was actually envying people that he should have been feeling sorry for. But the Psalmist had had a revelation; and it happened when he came into the presence of God. No longer was he seeing blurry or skewed; instead, he saw clearly.
What was it that the Psalmist was able to see and understand in the presence of the Lord?
Asaph saw that, as believers, we aren’t living for the here and now; we’re living for eternity. Yes, sometimes we suffer loss here on earth, but when God adjusts our vision, our concern about what the world considers important is gone in a millisecond. When someone dies, they’re not thinking about that new cell phone they weren’t able to afford or what that other person thought about them. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait until we die to realize what’s important. When God fixes our spiritual eyesight, we begin to think about the things that really matter. We remember God’s promises: Didn’t Jesus say that he was going to prepare a place for us, that where he is we might be also? He also said, “He that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Imagine that! We’re going to be with the Lord, not ten years or fifty years or a hundred years, but forever!
The Psalmist finally saw things from God’s viewpoint, and everything changed. He realized, “They might be able to take everything, but they can’t take you away from me, Lord!” In the presence of God, we too can have that revelation.
I want to encourage every believer today: It will be worth it all when you see Jesus. Hang on. Don’t give up. Keep on serving. Keep trusting. Keep praying. Keep telling people about Jesus. God is watching, and your reward will come. Not here... Your name may not be on the front page of the New York Times; but it’s written in the Lamb’s book of life!
Let’s pray together: “Oh Lord, fix our vision so that we can see spiritually with eternity in view. Encourage our faith when we get beaten down by life’s circumstances. Save us from being caught up with this fake world with its fake value system and its fake superstars. Help us to keep our eyes on you, Jesus, so that your peace and joy will flow and we will have the confidence that one day you will say to us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your lord’ (Matthew 25:23). We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Read Psalm 73:16-28.