Losing Our “Eye”

Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Romans 13:1-14 There are times when we come against so many trials our first reaction is to defend ourselves and rightly so. However, in these times, we are confronted with how we go about shielding ourselves from attacks without hurting ourselves in the process.  In 1947, when describing Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to conflict resolution, Louis Fischer wrote; The shreds of individuality cannot be sewed together with a bayonet; nor can democracy be restored according to the Biblical injunction of an “eye for an eye” which, in the end, would make everybody blind. Examining today, we can see many in this world responding in such darkness. None of us is completely free from such actions, but Paul encourages us to put our strength in the consciousness of the Spirit that is the light of Christ summed up in one word – Love – the only double edged sword that convicts us and confirms us. It is this armor of light that keeps us, as believers from losing our own “eye”.

Crossroad

As we face this world, at some point we realize that what we know to be true within in us, the world has sown with doubt. The world has sown with fear and the those whose heart is in the world doesn’t know Our Father! Even the most righteous who face this world have moments of fear and doubt. Remember Samuel’s brief moment with fear of Saul and his subsequent assumption about who God’s chosen anointed would be? So too with us, before we realize it, the seed of the Father’s love can seem small in comparison to what we see and experience in the World. (But) Paul reminds us that what God gives us is always sufficient (2 Cor. 12:8-9). Even the little that we know of God from the very beginning is more powerful and has more authority than anything the world has to offer, which as you know has a lot to offer. It is no secret to God that we may sometimes become wasteful, extravagant, self-important or foolish. Yet we have to remember that the first true seed of love that God plants within us is powerful enough to bring us out of whatever situation that has seemingly overwhelmed our lives. (And) It doesn’t matter how long it takes us to come to our selves and take hold of this one true faith, because, not only is God anxious to forgive us, he is even more anxious to redeem us; to give back what we allowed our experience in the world to steal. Although the seed of our faith hasn’t been taken away, we ceased allowing its effectiveness to manifest in our lives. Where we go at this crossroad of understanding makes all the difference as to the journey that surely lies before us.

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature… for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.