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Developing an HD Faith

We purchased a new television and entered the HD market recently. Between the larger screen and the HD, the difference in picture quality was much greater than I had anticipated. (I’m not a person who generally has much appreciation for these kinds of things). When Chris, the cable guy came over to hook up the HD, he knew just how to reel me in. He went immediately to ESPN and flipped back and forth between the standard picture and the HD. After he had done this a few times, I looked at him and weakly commented that I supposed no one ever went back to SDTV once they got HD. He gave me a knowing smile and said he had HD on his living room set and was getting ready to put it on the one in his bedroom as well.

Because of what I do, I can’t allow anything (especially something I've spent money on), to have an independent meaning. It must have some deeper connection to the world (whether real or imagined). So I’ve been thinking about the deeper meaning and significance of all of this. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

With our new setup, not only do I see a bigger picture, it is also much clearer. I see details that I wasn’t able to see before. It’s like when you get a new pair of contacts or glasses, and everything in the world appears in much sharper form (at least until your eyes adjust to the lenses). All of this should be true of the disciple. As we grow in Christ, we should be able to see the bigger picture of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We should see things more clearly and be able to differentiate between what is of major importance and what is more peripheral.

But all of this has also made me think about how God sees things. After all, the images I’m seeing on my television screen now didn’t suddenly change and become less blurry. They are what they have been all along --- what changed is my perception of them. So how does God look at my sin? How does he look at my successes?

Unlike me, He sees them for exactly what they are. He doesn’t see in high definition --- He sees in true definition. I can and should grow in my understanding of things, but I’ll never see them as completely as my Father does. And truthfully, I suspect that my HD understanding of anything is probably fairly blurry when compared with the way it truly is.

That’s okay. I know that because the One who sees everything as it really is tells me so. I think it was Jim Woodroof I heard say many years ago that when we read the gospels, we should see Jesus as God and ourselves as the disciples. We know the disciples often limped along in their understanding of things. Yet it wasn’t usually their lack of knowledge that got them into trouble, it was their lack of trust.

I have no wish to minimize the value of knowledge or understanding. And it's not my aim to play them off against trust as if we have to somehow choose between these things --- we don't.  I’m simply trying to put them all in context. Knowledge and understanding are wonderful things, but they will never be all that we would wish and they can never take the place of trust. Biblically speaking, the three are complementary and are all compenents of a healthy faith. The more we grow in our understanding and knowledge, the greater our trust should become --- including those areas where we struggle or simply don't have the ability to comprehend (Deuteronomy 29:29).
 
I think this is the kind of thing Solomon had in mind when he wrote:
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,
in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight (3:5-6).
 
That's a HD faith!
 
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