According to your eyes

Why do we fail to grasp that every word the Infinite speaks is so loaded with meaning, with spirit and with life that our lifetimes are insufficient to explore their richness? How can God inspire a book, a sentence or a word and we take his words just as they appear? He cannot be contained by words or a book. The words are an invitation to the Word.

Have you noticed that “see” and “behold” appear quite often in scriptures?

While his contemporaries may have seen God as bloodthirsty, David saw beyond the letter and referred to God as a Shepherd who gently guides and feeds his sheep. This was provocative, if not considered as blasphemous as Jesus referring to God with the endearing term of Abba. Jesus seemed as non-compliant as David who ate the forbidden show bread. They tapped into the spirit behind the letter. God seeks interior compliance not an appearance.

True, the scriptures say an adulterer should be stoned to death but what is the spirit behind those words? Jesus’ response to the Pharisees showed the spirit behind the letter. The scriptures invite us to the infinite mind of God but we often limit Him and ourselves to the letter.

The letter of scriptures is confusing and at times quite uninteresting and contradictory when viewed as mere words. But God is not in competition with Plato or Shakespeare. His words invite us far above the best of human ideas. We impoverish ourselves when we stop at the letter and fail to see God calling us to think with Him, to play in His field of love, of possibilities beyond imagination, to begin to experience eternity right here, right now.

Meditation is the avenue. What you (fail to) see is what you (fail to) get. It is unto you according to your faith, your eyes. God and all He offers awaits us beyond the letter. See.

4 thoughts on “According to your eyes

  1. “We impoverish ourselves when we stop at the letter and fail to see God calling us to think with Him, to play in His field of love, of possibilities beyond imagination, to begin to experience eternity right here, right now.” Couldn’t have been said better. May God, our wonderful Shepherd guide us to see the details of the letter, not as mere words, but as possibilities beyond imagination. Amen.

      • A big hearty Amen to Jaycee’s prayer as the words of a person are representative of their thoughts, intentions (or lack thereof) and persona. As His words lead us to the Word, that which is Spirit and Life, we come to realize that What God can do, His Word can do. God is eternal, His Words is eternal

        “Why do we fail to grasp that every word the Infinite speaks is so loaded with meaning, with spirit and with life that our lifetimes are insufficient to explore their richness?…The words are an invitation to the Word”
        I am sometimes guilty of taking God’s word at face value, forgetting the person that is behind those words, forgetting His eternal perspective and His nature. I am quick to sometimes forget the solitary periods of David’s life, his season of growth and meditation that must have produced Ps 23.
        Of a truth “Spirit-inspired words are seeds that sprout, grow and flourish in the hearers even if they do not produce instant results.” The greatness of the Master’s words is that as we work (chew) on them, they work on us, producing transformation and possibilities beyond imagination

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