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Clarity


Raise your hand if you would like to know God’s will for you today? I know I can’t see you, but I totally agree. Would you like Him to write out exactly what you need to do, where you need to go, what you should say? I know I would. There are many days when I would love for Him to clearly write out His desires for me. I would do my best to follow His instructions exactly. I know in my heart that His ways, plans, and purposes are always best and always for my greatest good. Although He does not leave a list by my bedside or lay an agenda on the counter beside my morning coffee, He has given me a Holy Book full of guidance and instruction. He has invited me to come to Him in prayer anytime, from anywhere. I can cry out for a knowledge of God’s will, for His wisdom, understanding, and discernment—He is more than happy to give it.


The Bible gives us numerous promises that God will answer such requests. He desires to show us the way forward—in both small choices and important decisions. The Bible is more than a daily to-do list, it a source of divine inspiration which can be applied to questions regarding our relationships, jobs, finances, health, etc. When we open its pages and read God’s Word written in black and white, we find clarity. Some decisions we wrestle with are clearly against His will and will lead us to sin—we can cross these options off our list. Some choices are in line with God’s holy character—these we can confidently pursue. Clarity often comes when we pause and pray, instead of rashly acting. Of one thing we can be certain: God’s will for us is always rooted in LOVE—His love for us, our love for Him, and our love for others.


When we are seeking clarity for our lives there are a few key questions to consider:


Will this cause me to sin against God?


Is this leading me toward healing, restoration, and God’s best for me?


Is this growing my faith? Am I leaning into God more, or pulling away?


Does this reveal my love for God?


Will this demonstrate my love for another?


If the door remains open take a step forward in faith, and then another. If God closes a door don’t force it open. Follow God one step at a time. He may not reveal the whole picture, but rather ask you to trust Him and walk with Him moment by moment. “He will never leave you or forsake you.”


James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.


Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.


Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”


Proverbs 2:6-8, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

 

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The following is an excerpt from my book, Worship and Wonder: Faith-Filled Devotions:


Getting an eye exam is quite an adventure—first the doctor has you hold a big black spoon over each of your eyes and ask you to read the letters ranging from large to small that have been projected onto the illuminated wall in front of you. Then, your eyes are dilated with some drops that sting. After the medicine has had a chance to take effect, they place an awkward contraption in front of your face. You are asked to look through the lenses on the machine and choose which one helps your vision most. “One or two?” “Two or one?”  Over and over again you are asked these questions until the correct lens suddenly brings everything into crisp focus, prompting you to alert the doctor to the lens that makes everything clear.


We all desire perfect vision—20/20 is the goal. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The older I get the worse my close-up sight becomes, especially in the dark. I carry reading glasses in my purse and have pairs littered throughout the house. I need ready access to them, because seeing clearly is a blessing I truly appreciate.


Fortunately for us, a relationship with God will improve both our spiritual and mental vision above and beyond any other prescription. The more we get to know Him and the more time we spend diving into the Bible and on our knees in prayer, the sharper everything in our lives comes into focus. He gives us brand-new spectacles to see with His perspective. Looking back over our lives, our hindsight is enlightened as we see the Hand and Presence of God has been with us throughout. Standing in the present moment, the dim shadows fade, and the brilliance of God illuminates our way. Facing forward, being filled with hope in God’s promises, our future suddenly becomes much brighter as if seeing in the light of day for the first time. God is the One who perfects our vision, adjusting our clarity and focus as we begin to see life through His eyes. 


Let’s praise the Lord for restoring our sight.


Luke 18:38-43, “He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.”

 

How has Jesus restored your sight? How has He changed your perspective? Where could you use His perspective now?

 

Pause, pray, and ask God to give you insight and wisdom, then step out in faith.



 

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