2014-10-07 - Lessons from Shiloh
Lesson I. Cataracts
Richard and I recently adopted a rescue dog, Shiloh. When she was picked up and taken to the wonderful shelter that cared for her so diligently, she was found roaming the streets, totally blind, from cataracts that were brought on by malnutrition. She couldn't see people or other animals. She couldn't see food sources or dangers. She could only hear and smell them.
After the surgical removal of one of the cataracts, she saw the world with exciting new eyes! Everything is new and adventurous to her.
After we come to a faith in the saving grace of Christ, the world should be new to us, too. We should look at everything differently. Sin should be a hindrance to be avoided, rather than something fun. Other people should be people to love, rather than problems. "Problems," to borrow from the Chinese proverb, should become opportunities.
Sometimes, at the beginning of our faith walk, we "start off with a bang." We are gung-ho about following Christ and seeing things and people through His eyes. But as time goes by, discouraging experiences plus everyday life crowd in on us - spiritual cataracts begin to form on our hearts. We lose patience with difficult people. Bible reading becomes a chore, instead of a joy. Worldly thinking patterns set into our hearts.
So - what can we do, to counteract spiritual cataracts? We can prevent spiritual malnutrition, by nourishing our faith regularly with Bible reading, prayer, worship and fellowship with mature believers.
For any of us who have developed spiritual cataracts, I encourage prayer that asks God to help us see through His eyes. We can pray Psalm 5:12 (NASB): Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.