Through the Windowpane

“For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12

My Eyes Are Ever Toward the Lord

Have you had your spiritual breakfast this morning?  Did you come to God’s table with an appetite – for Him? For His word?
2 Corinthians:5 sets a banquet before us so we don’t have to go through the day malnourished.

I especially like verses 6 and 7: “Therefore we are always confident knowing that while we are at  home in the body [our mortal flesh], we are absent from the Lord, for we walk by faith and not by sight.”

Have you ever wondered what it means to walk by faith and not by sight? Does it only mean to ask God for what we need and to wait without wavering until He comes through? Or is there more to it than that?

In the Greek, the definition for ” faith” is (pistis): a persuasion and reliance upon God, especially a reliance upon Christ for salvation, – truth itself – a firm persuasion. The definition for ” sight” is the word (eidos): to see, the act of seeing, the act of looking upon external appearances.

What have you been looking at today? Your circumstances? Your children? Your spouse? Others? Have you set your eyes upon temporal values and forgot about the One True God who promises to supply all of our needs?

Have you been looking at you?

I encourage you to examine your heart. If you’re overwhelmed by life and all of its demands, shift your focus onto the Lord – His faithfulness, His strength, the truth of His word.

Psalm 25 says: “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.”

Become firmly persuaded to look to the Lord. Walk by faith and not by sight.

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Riceloaf in Disguise

So I try to disguise the rice in Grandpa’s dinner. He hates rice!

I take ground beef, broccoli, rice, and cheese and mix it together. Then I add Old Bay seasoning, bread crumbs and eggs. I form it into patties and fry them. I put it on his plate and he says, “What’s that?”

I tell him, “They’re imitation crabcakes. Kind of like surprise meatloaf!”

He says, “You mean riceloaf!”

Ugh! I can’t pull anything over on him!

Going Up Yonder – Not!

So Grandpa informs me that he will be leaving us soon to “go up yonder.”

“Yeah, right, ” I say.

He just feels puny from his flu shot, that’s all. Once he realizes why he’s so tired today, he starts working on his book again.

Wow, that was a real close call, again! He’s predicted he’s dying about eight times in the last two years.

(Grandpa lived five years more)

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