Today’s Scripture: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:5-6

Not all eyeglasses are created equal. Depending on your needs, there are eyeglasses and contact lenses which can help you see long distance, and there are others which will help you see things up close. The lens you use will make a difference in your perspective of everything you see.

The same is true of the two lenses we have in life. One is the lens of human reason, which is near-sighted, and the other is the lens of wisdom and discernment, which is far-sighted. The near-sighted lens only allows us to see what is immediately in front of us. It follows the path of emotions and does not consider the future consequences of our actions on ourselves, others, or the cause of Christ.

On the other hand, the far-sighted lens gives us the perspective to see the big picture. It does not make rash decisions but sees how decisions we make in the present will influence opportunities we have in the future. This lens sees past the immediate thrill we get from our actions to the problems which may arise down the road as a result. The far-sighted lens gives the person wearing it the ability to see a person’s true motives beneath their actions. The lens of wisdom makes everything in life clearer.

Can you see the big picture? If not, then you had better check your lenses. What have you been relying upon for your decision-making? If you are counting on your emotions and reasoning, then you will choose a mate for their appearance rather than their character. You will put the pursuit of business success ahead of your family’s needs. You will compromise your moral standards, and you will ultimately fail. Ask God to help you see through the lens of wisdom and discernment. He has promised to give you the insight you need so that you can see clearly.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder