Lent Devotions: Day 34

Lent Devotions: Day 34

Read: 2 Peter 1:1-15

Corrective Lenses

For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind. (v. 9)
Poor eyesight is common. In fact, three out of four people in America need vision correction. Whether we use glasses or contacts, corrective lenses function by putting a lens between our eyes and the world. However, there is a new type of contact that corrects vision itself. Worn at night, the contact forms and reshapes the eye to see clearly so that no glasses or contacts are needed during the day. If you stop wearing them, poor vision returns.
Lenten practices like prayer, Bible reading and fasting help shape our lives to focus on Jesus and “his precious and very great promises” (v. 4). These spiritual disciplines are like that new type of contact lenses: they shape our vision. Spiritual disciplines are not easy nor do they provide instant results, but when practiced in faith and with devotion to God, over time we will see Jesus Christ more clearly.
Neglecting these practices, like refusing to wear those eye-shaping contacts, leads to a deterioration of our vision. We become nearsighted and blind, forgetting even that Jesus Christ has forgiven us. By living with our eyes on Jesus, our vision is shifted and corrected. Our “nearsightedness” gives way to the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Our faith becomes supplemented with virtue, self-control, godliness, and love. We begin to see Jesus more clearly. —Stephen Shaffer

Prayer: O Lord, correct my vision that I may see you more clearly.

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