Holy Subjectivity

Michael Beck

“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We can choose how we look at the things around us. This doesn’t mean we deceive ourselves, calling evil good, darkness light, or bitter sweet. Objective reality exists. There is a plumbline. Crooked is crooked; straight is straight. But there is also a holy subjectivity that God would work in us by His Spirit, where we have His mind concerning all that our eyes see, our ears hear, and our mouth tastes.

Where the devil would consume us with disgust, rage, and hatred; God would fill us with patience, mercy, and love. Others may question our eyesight: “Are you blind!? Can’t you see the ugliness before your face?” Yes, we see – but love covers a multitude of sins. We don’t deny the pain the thorn in the flesh is causing us; but we also see it as a blessed vehicle for the “more grace” we hunger for.

Ultimately, how we look at things will depend upon what we want in life. Do we want a perfect world, or do we want a perfect soul? Do we want the things around us to be “right,” or do we want to be right in the eyes of God?

Hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness. Your eyes will never be satisfied by what they see, something is always “off” to the natural eye; but you will be satisfied as you behold God’s face in righteousness and awake in His likeness. (Ps. 17:15)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.