For as long as I can remember I've always loved looking at the stars. Last night as it was getting dark, the stars were coming out, and I decided to go for a walk to have some quiet time after a long day. While I was walking, I came across an anthill, and when I looked down to catch a better glimpse, my glasses started to slip down my face. In the process of catching them, they broke. I still wanted to enjoy the stars that night, but when I looked up at the sky without the proper lenses that I needed to see, there weren’t any beautiful constellations or distinct glimmering lights. Without glasses, all my vision could make out was a dark blurry canvas, a flawed view of what I once loved to stare at.
So often we as Christians have broken glasses. If we lack the proper lens to see, we settle for the smeared and blurry eyes of the world. When we look at life without the proper glasses, we may be able to see fragments of truth and blurred lines, but how could we settle for this blurry truth once we have seen the clear truth? This most commonly happens when we have problems we do not know how to fix and we go searching through a broken world for answers. The world will always have answers but they just won’t be the right ones. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Bible says that the teaching and commands of Scripture are useful for equipping us for every good work. This is the lens of Scripture that we need to be looking through. When we view our problems, friendships, or anything else through the lens of Scripture we can be confident that just as the Lord promises, we can truly be equipped for EVERY good work, whatever comes our way. This means that no matter what our problem is, the Bible has the means of helping us through accurate study, interpretation and application of its teaching. Next time you look at the stars let it be a reminder to be constantly looking through the lens of Scripture because then and only then do we see the truth.
- Joshua Bridges