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David Powlison – Seeing With God’s Gaze

18 Mar

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. – C.S. Lewis

“By it I see everything else.” The risen and rising sun–Light of the world, no less!–opens our eyes to see. We come to “see” a man we’ve never actually laid eyes on. In fact, we not only see him, but we love him, trust him, and delight in him (1 Peter 1:8). Along the way he teaches us to see everything else the world contains. We aren’t talking about retinal images processed in the brain. This seeing, this gaze, means to wake us up from our fantasies, fictions, and nightmares to see things as they are in fact. God has the real take on things. And God teaches us his gaze.

We learn (slowly! in fits and starts!) to see how God sees. God, self, others, problems, circumstances, all now appear in the true mirror. Learning the gaze of God, we come to weigh life aright. We discern good and evil, fair and foul, lovely and degraded. Our Father enlightens the eyes of our hearts. We become able to pry apart true from false, instead of living in a murk of half-truths and flat lies.

~David Powlison~


Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and Human Condition Through the Lens of Scripture (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003), 9.

Books by David Powlison

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Paul Tripp – The Wonderful Counselor is Working on Everyone Involved

11 Sep

Remember, God has ordained that difficult person to be in your life. It is not a sign of God’s inattention but his covenant-keeping care. Humbly embrace the fact that the Wonderful Counselor is working on everybody involved. Humbly acknowledge the ways God is using this person to expose the areas where you need to grow. Embrace the fact that God can transform the heart of that person without neglecting you– and vice versa! Most of all, celebrate! You are experiencing the jealous grace and glory of the Lord. Through you, he is fighting for that person’s heart and through him, he is holding tightly onto yours. He will not let either of you go, and he will not forsake the work he is doing in each of you. Remember, it is impossible to celebrate God’s work of transformation without confessing your need for more. No one is more ready to communicate God’s grace than someone who has faced his own desperate need for it.

~Paul Tripp~


Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (Phillipsburg, NJ; Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing; 2002) p.211.

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