therefore no thought for the morrow: for the
morrow shall take thought for the things of
itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil
thereof” (Matthew 6:34).
Coming from the direction of church, on the corner where I turn right to my
street, is a “physic house.” From the looks of
the inside through the picture windows, they are
open for business day and night. I often wondered
if they got enough business to pay their
utilities, but apparently they do or they would
have had to close up shop.
I had to sigh to think that people swap
their hard-earned money for some “fortune teller”
to tell them things that have been surreptitiously
gleaned from their conversation with the “physic”
who takes the information and weaves the person’s
“future” which now they will try to live up to.
Then my mind goes to all the
witches/wizards movies and television shows that
have cropped up over recent years. The ratings
are high on these movies and programs. Why is
People want to know what is coming
tomorrow or next year and how it will impact their
lives. The world’s economy is in the news daily,
and mostly it is not encouraging. What are we to
do to have peace of mind? Go to the physic, ask
the wizard or spend our days and nights worrying
how it will all end and will we survive these
troubled times? Will a new day, a new year or
next week bring better times? Sometimes we feel
we must look long and hard for something to be
thankful for in these uncertain times.
I have good news! I know who is
in control and knows how this world began as well
as the very end of “time” and how it will all turn
“Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the
world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou
art God” (Psalm 99:2).
We want to “see” what the future
holds. We desire to have vision through the misty
clouds of the unknown. How can we make plans that
we can execute successfully if we don’t know what
will come our way and awaits us tomorrow? The old
adage says that the “plans of mice and men often
go awry.” A physic knows no more about what will
come in the future than we do. But there is one
who does know!
“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” (James
If we want to “see” the Kingdom of God,
the answer lies in God’s Word.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ‘Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”
(John 3:3). This has a double meaning: We cannot
“see” the kingdom now with our carnal mind, nor
will we “see” the Heavenly Kingdom of God in
eternity apart from God's plan. .
To be in God’s kingdom is to have sight
that we can see no other way. To those outside
the kingdom of God, it’s a fantasy world, a “pie
in the sky.” They look at it with impaired
vision. We have to have “kingdom vision” to know
that it is very real. Not only is it real, it is
an eternal kingdom; and we can be a part of it.
How we look at things is very important. Our mind
follows our vision, and then our actions go along.
“It is a proven fact that a
person will head in the direction they are
looking. This is literally true, as well as
figuratively true. Stop and consider for a moment
what it is you spend most of your time “looking”
at. Your eyes see it, your mind thinks it, your
imagination dwells upon it, your soul desires it —
and eventually you do it….
"When everything is going down,
From “The Eyes Lead” ...James Ryle
So what we “see,” we do.
Whether we see with our mind, imagination or
literally with our eyes, we are guided to action
by what we see. For example, Jesus taught that to “look” upon
a woman with lust was equal to adultery. The
“look” He referred to was not a casual one; it was
one that the mind sees and imagination dwells on
which leads to actions.
Conversely, when we keep our
vision clear and upward, our imagination will be
fueled with the Word of God, empowered by the Holy
Spirit and produce works
worthy of praise of our Creator.
“Hearken to me, ye that follow
after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look
unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole
of the pit whence ye are digged” (Isaiah 51:1).
When we become perplexed by the
daily news and what is happening in our lives, we
look to the words of Jesus:
“And when these things begin to
come to pass, then look up, and lift up your
heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke
May we keep in mind that “the
eyes lead.” What we gaze upon makes an impression
on our mind, fuels our imagination, whets our
desire and leads to actions. If our vision is
heavenly, our actions will honor Jesus. They will
be a candle burning brightly to show others the
way to the Kingdom of God. When we are born
again, we “see,” we understand that Jesus is real,
God is in control and our impaired vision has been
healed so that we see clearly.
A life lit by the fire of the
Glory of God will be like a city on a hill that
others can look to and “see” Jesus.
We must check our
vision often and carefully to be sure there is no
impairment; so we can see clearly. When Thomas
said they (the disciples) didn’t know the way,
Jesus replied, “I am the way, the truth, and the
life…” (John 14:6).
May we keep our
vision clear to see “The Way”; He (Jesus) leads to
everlasting life! Any other “way” will lead to
Let us take time to
be thankful so that we can more clearly “see” THE
WAY, then others can “see” Jesus in us and instill
a desire in them to come to Him who gives sight to
Do you “See”?