WS Update: Learning to See

November 6, 2023

I recently reread C.S. Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms and came across a line that has stayed with me. While making the point that his book wasn’t written as an ‘apologetic’ for Christianity, Lewis wrote: “A (person) can’t always be defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.” In a world that too often feels immersed in defense of one’s positions as ‘truth’, Lewis’ wisdom seems timely. It mirrors the wisdom of Jesus’ brother James, who exhorted Christians to be slow to speak and quick to listen, which reduces the possibility of anger and increases the possibility of righteousness. (James 1:19)

More personally, Lewis’ insight convicted me of my tendency to read Scripture primarily as a means to teach, comfort, and persuade others rather than a means to enjoy the truth of God’s character. We are currently exploring the Book of Hebrews, which was written to a first-century, urban community experiencing so much in the way of troubles they were in danger of just giving up. What was the pastoral advice in the letter? Fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3). In other words, feed on the truth of who Jesus is and let him evangelize our souls. Just as I love to stop and look at the bright-colored leaves in Central Park this time of year, I need to do the same thing with the radiance of God’s glory, Jesus. May we take time to ‘taste and see’ his glory this week.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3

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