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Vision Problems? by Jonathan Oldacre
June 17, 2007, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Devotions

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by Jonathan Oldacre

My wife, Melanie, and I were recently having a conversation about how bright the sun is. We were talking about how it’s so bright that it actually has the potential to damage your vision if you stare directly at it for too long. Now I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking that this bit of knowledge was a universally known fact, but during our conversation it became more and more apparent that Melanie never knew this! She loves being outside, watching sunsets, being in the sun, so naturally I grew more concerned as we talked, and with good reason. Mel told me that she actually has little black spots in her vision from staring at the sun! We’ve known for a long time that her vision was bad…now the pieces are starting to fit together! (By the way, I mean no dishonor to my wonderful wife in relating this story, and I asked if she found this offensive…she was cool with it.)

There’s something about things that are dangerous and powerful and beautiful that captivates our attention. Joy is found outside of ourselves, and joy is specifically found in God in Christ. Consider these Scriptures about Jesus Christ:

2 Cor. 4:6– God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

1 Tim. 6:16– God alone dwells in unapproachable light

Rev 1:16– The risen Savior’s face shines like the sun in full strength, though incomparably brighter, shining with holiness and power far beyond our earthly experience!

There’s nothing like looking at the glory of Christ; everything else pales in comparison. Christ is the light of the world, the one who was and is, and is to come, and one day we’ll see Him as He is and we’ll be changed into His likeness. For the Christian, one day we’ll be able to look directly into His face and not go blind, we won’t be consumed, instead the infinite joy of our Master will fill our hearts and we’ll worship Him; that will be the only right response! Even now “we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). What you and I need to see is the glory of Christ, that’s what fills us with joy, that’s what transforms our hearts, that’s what causes us to overflow in love and good works and worship, and the good news is that God answers our prayers to see His Son’s glory! Ask God today for a fresh revelation of the glory of Christ in Scripture, and have a great week beholding the Light of the World!

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