Daily Devotion – Seeing Clearly

How To See Clearly in the Midst of Strife

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me,Thou hast well seen. Jeremiah 1:11–12

Read Psalm 121

August 18

SEEING CLEARLY

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me,Thou hast well seen.—Jer. 1:11–12

The world is in need today of persons who can see clearly. In the midst of strife we are prone to look at life from a narrow viewpoint and with dulled vision. We need to climb to a mountaintop where we can get a better perspective and see the world as a whole. If we cannot actually climb to a high point we may have the experience in our imagination. Let us try to shut out all unpleasant facts of life and forget all sordid details. Let us recall the most beautiful landscape that we have enjoyed in the past. As we think of the details that blended together to make it a perfect whole, what thought of God comes to us?

In nature we see a perfect blending of colors.There is nothing to mar the harmony and the beauty of the scene. In order to have the same harmony in our relations with others that we find in nature, what changes would be necessary? Jesus gave a full statement of our relations when He said,“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. . . . Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Strife and trouble come when we violate this truth. We need spiritual vision in order to see clearly the way ahead to victory in the present crisis and in the future as well.

OUR FATHER, with our faces to the future and with confidence in the final outcome of this crisis, we look to Thee for strength to face whatever the day brings. Help us to see life clearly and see it whole. Give us a proper perspective, that we may live rightly with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

JAMES ALEXANDER BAYS

Church Street Methodist Church, Knoxville,Tenn.

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