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Weekly Devotionals

To See God More Clearly…

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. – Isaiah 40:26 (NIV)

On my first visit to Hawaii what impacted me most was the starry night sky. I happened to look up while enjoying a night walk along the beach and was awestruck. Never before had I understood how deep the velvety black of the sky at night, and how many diamond bright pin-pricks of light are the stars strewn on its background.

Until that moment I hadn’t realized just how much light pollution in the places I’d lived had drowned out the dazzling beauty moving above me every night. I thought I knew what it was to appreciate the night sky, but until I saw the stars without the interference of urban lights, I’d never clearly seen how uncountable their number and how vividly they burned.

In faith we experience similar interferences with seeing God for who He is, and recognizing His love, power, and faithfulness. Oftentimes small and temporary setbacks keep us from recognizing the true extent of His blessings, and we have to work to regain a right posture of gratitude. Even our blessings themselves can distract our attention from the Lord. We can wind up living out a sort of “light pollution” where we’re paying more attention to God’s gifts (or our want of certain blessings) instead of Him as the Giver.

God wants for us the best, most joy-filled life, which is lived in communion with Him, but His way is not to shout or force us to pay Him attention. He speaks in a tug at our heart, a whisper, “a still, small voice.” (I Kings 19:12 KJV) It’s important to quiet down the many appointments, concerns, and even our requests, to spend time in prayer and His word so we can hear Him.

We’re well-versed in the exhortation to lift up our eyes, but we may not be “seeing” God clearly when we do. The clarity of our prayer vision has a lot to do with how well we have gotten to know our Lord and who He is. He knows you better than you know yourself. How much have you tried to know Him and understand His attributes and what they mean? In prayer, how much time do you spend asking, versus the time you spend listening to what He would have you hear?

When you truly reflect on it, prayer is an amazing privilege. When we pray, we are offered a direct connection to the Almighty God, our Creator, Savior, Lord and the Author and Perfecter of our faith. And He wants to be with us. How often do you get to speak to a president or celebrity, who couldn’t heal your smallest wound, and likely wouldn’t remember you afterwards? Yet if you did, how much would you prepare? How much awe would you treat that audience with?

Many things can get in the way of our seeing God for who He truly is, so we must seek Him. When we endeavor to know Him and approach Him with the right heart, it changes our prayers. Take the time to be still and know that He is God – appreciating all the beauty and power and glory that means – and see what He is able to do in your surrendered heart and life.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  – Isaiah 40:28-31