The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 96
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
–Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
Oh, what exquisite peace we experience when we learn, by faith, to see through all of creation and find God, as if looking through a transparent veil. Then the obscure becomes clear and the bitter becomes sweet. Faith, by teaching us to see created things as they truly are, changes their ugliness into beauty and their malice into goodwill.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Jean Pierre de Caussade promises us that we will be able to see through created things. But this does not happen how we might expect it to. We do not render created things transparent; instead, we see them more clearly. It is when we “see created things as they truly are” that we see the Creator behind them.
The promise of Isaiah 26:3 is peace for those who have fixed their minds on God—their minds, not their eyes. Often, we try to find God by looking away from his creation. And no wonder, for his creation is out of order and no longer reflects his righteousness. But God did not give up on his creation, and he does not want us to ignore it. If you wanted to do that, the apostle Paul tells us, “you would need to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:10). Instead, with your eyes on the world and your mind on God, you will begin to see the createdness of the people and things that make up your environment.
The difference is love. You cannot see through people in this way until you appreciate them. When you choose to respect and honor them as creations of God, you will see God using the people around you to shape you into the person he has intended you to be.
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