Who’s eyes do you see through? Do you look at what is available to the natural eye or through Gods eyes. The natural eye can so often be tainted by our preconceived ideas, opinions or consequential judgement which changes our perception of what we think we see. Looking through Gods eyes and the eye of faith sees the reality.
I am disabled and have a form of spina bifida now resulting in degenerating vertebra along with disintegrated and collapsed discs. To all outward appearances I look like any able bodied person so when I totter and even fall I have been judged as drunk. On occasions when in my mobility scooter I have stood up, and you are aware of the questioning stares, and can see they are thinking why is he in a scooter. You see no one sees the disability, the extreme pain which goes on for hours in the day and causes sleep deprivation just due to having the consequence having put the effort to stand or walk a short way. No one sees the side effects of medication. I don’t present this to seek sympathy but to highlight its not what we see with the natural eye that always gives a full orbed picture.
When a disabled man suffering with paralysis for 38 years lay helpless at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and immediately, the man was healed, took up his bed and walked. (John 5:8–9)
No one would say these kind of words unless they saw something others don’t. God does not see the way mankind does. However it is important that we must see the way God sees. The scripture says that ” …. But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) How do you do that? Walk close with Him, ask, listen, believe what He says.
The prophet Balaam saw what God saw when God’s Spirit fell on him. As he looked down from the mountain at the camp of the Israelites, he said, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.” (Numbers 24:5–6)
Balaam would not have said this if he has seen Israel through the natural eye, but he saw it in his minds eye as God saw it. The Israelites were not in a good state, suffering with discontentment, constantly murmuring and complaining in the wilderness. However when God looked at them, He saw them like flourishing gardens planted by the rivers, fruitful and prosperous. What a difference.
Gods eyes see the reality, the potential, the finished product. When you see situations through God’s eyes, you will find that they will change because when you see as He sees, you then cooperate with Him to work out His good pleasure.