Why God is Hard to See (Besides the Fact that He’s Invisible)

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In our multitasking workaholism, we like to pride ourselves on how many plates we can keep spinning. We brag (though we act like we’re complaining) about how many hours we have to work (or study) each week. On top of that we workout, wash the car, volunteer for community service and attend a Bible study. And that’s just on Monday. But despite our impressive circus act, we can only accurately focus on a couple things at once.

Speaking of spinning plates, let’s imagine a plate-spinning performer taking the center ring under the big top. Can you see him wowing the crowd? Can you smell the popcorn? Can you feel the energy mount as the ringmaster narrates the drama over distorted loudspeakers?

Now let’s take a picture. What do you want to focus on? If you want to zoom in and capture the grimacing face of our balancing clown, sweat beading on his brow as he strains to hold everything together, the audience behind him will appear as mere shades of color. However, if you want to catch the faces of the fans – perhaps one astonished, one grinning ear to ear, one yelling, “Don’t let any fall!” – then the clown in the foreground is going to be as blurred as his spinning plates.

That’s how it is with your spiritual focus. If your attention is riveted on a pressing problem, God is going to appear distant, in the background of your life. And that’s why you’ll feel such deep desperation. You literally can’t see God because of your focus.

But when you readjust your spiritual focus to see the face of the God who’s never astonished by the trials that befall you, never amused with your situation, nor fretting over possible solutions, then your actual circumstances will become less overwhelming.

It’s why the Psalmist says (in Psalm 34:3), “Magnify the Lord with me!” In other words, let’s make God look bigger by focusing the lens of our heart on Him, so that our circumstances won’t appear so immense anymore.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
Psalm 34:1-9 (NASV)


What are all the actions this one passage encourages us to do (they’ve been bolded)?

What are all the benefits this one passage promises for those who carry out these actions (they’ve been italicized)?

How could this perspective change how you date and relate to others?

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