DayBreaks for 02/22/12 – To See In Some Measure Like God
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/22/2002:
Luke 16:27-28 – “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’”
Jeremiah 12:3a – “Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you! Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!”
While contemplating his grief process and the death of his late wife (whom he refers to as “H.”) C. S. Lewis wrote: “It is often thought that the dead see us. And we assume, whether reasonable or not, that if they see us at all they see us more clearly than before. Does H. now see exactly how much froth or tinsel there was in what she called, and I call, my love? So be it. Look your hardest, dear. I wouldn’t hide if I could. We didn’t idealize each other. We tried to keep no secrets. You knew most of the rotten places in me already. If you now see anything worse, I can take it. So can you. Rebuke, explain, mock, forgive. For this is one of the miracles of love; it gives – to both, but perhaps especially to the woman – a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”
“To see in some measure, like God. His love and His knowledge are not distinct from one another, nor from Him. We could almost say He sees because He loves, and therefore loves although He sees.” – C. S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)
One of the most shocking things about God is that He sees everything. And He sees everything because He cares about His creation – in particular in the eternal destiny of mankind. But the most amazing thing was captured by Lewis in those last six words: “…and therefore loves although He sees.” Can you believe it? Do you think that your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend would unconditionally love you even if they knew everything about you? EVERYTHING? If they knew every thought you’ve ever had about them, about their weaknesses and failings, about their parents, about their personal habits? I’m not sure that any of us have the ability to truly love unconditionally, but God does. And it is that unconditional love that allows Him to love us even though He sees and knows every single detail of our thoughts, actions, deeds, words and intentions.
How badly we need to be like God in this matter – to see the needs and hurts and pains and successes (and yes, even the faults that everyone has) – and yet to love those people although we see! We need to learn to see, in some measure (however incompletely it may be), like God. Let us pray for better vision and the love that accompanies His vision!
PRAYER: Father, help us to love, although we see, that we may be imitators of Your love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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