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Pearls of the Kingdom 5/3/2023

Just wondering how many of you growing up remember having a set of binoculars? Maybe you still have a set and use them to see things far away. One interesting thought in regard to binoculars, as with many things, there is a right way and a wrong way in looking through them.

When you use the binoculars the right way, looking through the ocular lens (eye piece) they make things far away seem much closer. Most binoculars come with a focus wheel to help make your object much clearer.

Now when you use the binoculars in the wrong way, you turn them around and look through the Objective Lens you get a very different picture of your object. It makes your object seem farther away than it truly is. It can make it very difficult to find or even identify your intended object.

So now you are asking, what does binoculars have to do with todays pearl? Well, I’m glad you asked. I sense we can apply the use of binoculars in asking this question, “how do you view God?” Do you view God in a right way or in a wrong way? Do you see God as being very close or do you see God as being far away?

Like looking through binoculars the wrong way, we can have a distorted view of Gods’ true character. When He is truly close by, we see Him as being distant. We sense He does not care about me. He stands afar off uncaring, unable to help me. Maybe your thoughts of God are like an angry father, who just waits for his kids to mess up. Looking for a reason to punish them.

To see Gods’ character clearly through the right lens, we must look no further than the scriptures. They bring His character into focus and make it clearer for us to see just how much he loves and cares about us.

Consider these scriptures with me today:

If you see God as an angry father: You must read the story of the prodigal son. Luke 15:11-32

Luke 15:20 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion

for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”

Psa 86: 15 “But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and faithfulness.”

If you see God as being unable to help you:

Psa 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

If you see God as being distant, standing far off:

Deut 4:7 “For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?”

Act 17:27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.”

If see God as being blind to your situation, not hearing your prayers:

1 Pet 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

If you see God as one who does not understand your struggles, what you are going through:

Heb 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are yet was without sin.”

If you see God as running out of compassion and love for you:

Psa 25:6 “Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and loving devotion, for they are from age to age.”

Psa 86:5 “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

Psa 100:5 “For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”

There is more to Gods' character, keep looking, keep seeking, He is waiting to reveal more of His character to you!

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