Filters. A tool of the trade for photographers. For photographers, filters are light modifiers. The filters are items of equipment specifically used to modify the light entering the lens. They soften and colour the light. Used to improve the photo and the beauty within.
We ourselves unconsciously apply filters to life and also to how we view God. Filters that result from disappointment, from unanswered prayers and difficult circumstances. Filters when we magnify the burdens and not the blessings. When we focus on the bad and not the positive. As the 10 spies did and saw the giants as stronger than God’s promises.
Sometimes in life we are left with mysteries in God. Unanswered prayer, someone not healed, things not restored. We can be tempted then to rework our faith, our theology based on these new filters. But God is good and kind and we can trust Him with that mystery and still seek His face and worship Him. As Bill Johnson wrote sometimes victory is “measured in the fact that after disappointment and loss we set our hearts to seek His face again.” In other words we remove the filter that disappointment has placed over our spirit.
We can’t allow ourselves to lower our theology, our understanding of who God is to the level of our circumstances. At the crossroads of faith is an invitation to remove a filter and move closer to God.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18