What do you see?
What do you see in this picture? Do you see an old lady or a young lady? Do you find it interesting that how you look at something determines what you see? The same principle holds true in 1 Samuel 17:24-27. When the men of Israel saw Goliath they all fled and were afraid. When David saw Goliath, he saw a man that disrespected God and got angry. How could they both see the same thing and have two entirely different perspectives? The answer is very simple. The men of Israel were looking through the eyes of fear and David was looking through the eyes of faith.
The question on the table now becomes, is it possible to change what and how you see? The answer is yes, you can and here is how. The difference between the men of Israel and David is the men of Israel had not been cultivating intimacy with the God of Israel whereas David had. It is because of his pursuit of God that controls how he saw things. Not only was this true of David but it is also true of you. Whatever you are feeding your mind, will control how you see things. For instance, if you have a diet of the world and there is where you are investing all your time watching the news, reading articles about politics, following what is trending on social media, listening to secular music and embracing worldly podcasts, then when you face things in your life, those sources are going to be influential in how you view and deal with things. Let me give an example of a time in my life when I was living with a diet of the world.
When I was in college, I scheduled my classes around two things: Football because it was paying for my education and a soap opera entitled Days of Our Lives. For two years, I gave this soap opera 5 hours per week. What I noticed was that I started responding to things in my life the way I saw people on that soap opera respond. Why? Because I gave them 5 hours a week in my head. I had a diet of the world. Today, I make a conscience effort to make sure I am daily consuming a diet of the Word: studying God’s word, memorizing and meditating on the scriptures, listening to biblically sound music and listening to sound doctrine taught by faithful pastors on the internet. When this became my diet, then I become biblical in my thinking which in turn would influences what and how I see, which greatly impacts behavior. David’s commitment to his relationship with the Lord helped him see things through the eyes of faith. He simply cultivated intimacy with God and that intimacy dictated how he responded to the giant that disrespected His God.
Are you in need of a change in diet? If so, the only way that is going to happen is that you must become intentional about what you consume. Cultivating intimacy with God is challenging because Satan does everything in his power to make sure that you are not successful. That is why it is imperative that you don’t try to plan God into your day. Instead plan your day around God. What does this mean? It simply means, the first thing you day each day is settle the issue about when, how and where you are going to spend time with God. Once that is settled, then put the remaining items on your schedule. When you do this, you will be well on your way to viewing all of life through the eyes of faith rather than the eyes of fear. Have you scheduled your time with the Lord today?
Food for Thought:
“This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.