Our outlook on life is defined by the lens we use to organize and interpret the meaning of our interactions. As infants, our lens is pretty straightforward: the world does not exist apart from our interactions with it. The world exists to bring us food, change our diapers, tend to our discomforts, and let us sleep. As we get older, our lens develops to become more nuanced. Some people develop a lens that defines truth based on their opinions and perceptions. Some people develop a lens that defines the world in terms of relationship. You’ve met these people before--as soon as you are introduced, they are trying to determine if you know someone they know. A pervasive lens for most students leaving High School or College is the lens that says everything in the world must make sense--events happen for a reason; with the right amount of thought and just the right vocabulary, we can understand everything we encounter.
Our lens is the Bible. Like everyone else, we have the lens of reason and the lens of relationship. However, the lens that helps us make sense of life, the lens that all the other lenses serve is the lens of God’s Word. As Peter said, we do not follow cleverly invented stories created by people (2 Peter 1:16). We rely upon the Word of God as our lens to interpret life’s events. Peter went on to declare:
"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21).
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