Read: Psalm 90:1-17
Consider: Have you ever thought how easily we can be fooled by what we think we see, rather than by what we see? This can be very evident when a number of people witness the same event, yet describe it differently when recounting their experience. It is not that they want to deceive, but that their minds filter out some things that others latch on to as important. This explains why witness statements given to the police can be wildly different in their content.
Additionally, as human beings we can often make snap decisions about a person, based on little more that their manner of speaking, how they dress and present themselves, their body language and even by how attractive they appear to be. What if we could cut through all this extraneous matter and see clearly?
Today’s reading contains a verse that speaks of how God sees time; it says: A thousand years in your sight are like a day that had just gone by, or like a watch in the night (Psalm 90:4). If you have ever spend time reading and studying Old Testament prophecy, you will have noticed that there is often a ‘now’ and a ‘not yet’ element to it. What I mean is that there may be an immediate application of what is being said to circumstances at the time, but also a foreshadowing of events that might not occur for several hundred or thousands of years. God does not see time in the way that we see it.
God also sees us differently from how we see ourselves and others. You may remember the incident where Samuel was told: I am sending you to Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king (1 Samuel 16:1b). God did not tell Samuel the name of Jesse’s son whom he had chosen, so when Eliab came before him he said: Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord (1 Samuel 16:6). Can you see that even a spiritual man like Samuel could be fooled by the outward appearance of Jesse’s sons? What was God’s response to this? In 1 Samuel 16:7 we read: But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’.
God also has a unique perspective that doesn’t just see what we do, but also why we are doing it. In Psalm 16:2 we read: All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. As human being, we can be easily fooled by what a person says and does, but God sees through all that to the person’s motives. Nothing is hidden from God, everything is and will be revealed and brought out into the open.
As we are created in the image of God and recreated in the image of Christ, we should be asking God that we might see things more and more from his perspective.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain (Psalm 127:1)
Pray: Father, we earnestly pray that we might see things as you see them, not being adversely influenced by the outward appearance of people and events. Give us real discernment that begins to see these things as you see them. Amen