Window Views Devotional

Window Views

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 08, 2010


And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28


As we go through life, we can't always know what we are going to wake up to outside our window, but we'll each have some type of view.  That you can count on.  Some views are stunning and beautiful.  Other times it is ugly and not very pleasant.

Sometimes there are clouds and rain or there is snow piling up.  Other times there are things blocking our view and we can't see what's out there or see very far.  Many things that come into our lives are permanent, but others seem to fade out of view.

Today we are going to be peeking through some windows and seeing some different views throughout Scripture.


Window of Purpose

(Noah's View - Genesis 8)


Look at the window in the ark.  God had Noah build the ark and put that window right there because later on that window was going to have a purpose.  Remember how Noah first sent out a raven through the window?  Then he sent the dove.

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.  Genesis 8:6-9


Next Noah sent the dove out the window and it came back with an olive branch so Noah knew that the waters had receded from the flood. The next time Noah sent out the dove, it didn't come back. There was a clear purpose for that window.

Sometimes in our lives we get a view from our window and we look out, we see what's going on, and we know what the purpose is.  Other times we may not get that luxury.  We don't always understand why God sends things into our lives.  They are right there in our view, but we just can't see the purpose for it.

God had a complete design for the ark. He told Noah exactly how to build it even down to where he placed that window.  God always knows the purpose, we just get frustrated because we aren't in on the design end of things.



Window of Truth

(Abimelech's View - Genesis 26)


There are going to be times when we look out our view and see truth. Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, especially if it's something about a loved one, or you learn facts about something that's difficult for you to believe.

Remember how Isaac and Rebekah pretended to be brother and sister? Isaac lied because he was afraid he would be killed because Rebekah was so beautiful.  When Abimelech looked out his window, the truth was easy to spot with Isaac and Rebekah.  Other times it might be hard to see at first, but truth usually has a way of coming to the surface.

And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.  Genesis 26:8,9


Sometimes truths that we see are wonderful.  We get joy from them. Other times some ugly truths come into the view of our lives.  It might be something like a sickness, maybe you are even a victim of an affair that you have to deal with.  Perhaps it might be the truth of how someone you love has chosen to live their life apart from Christ.

I've seen preachers who I thought were phenomenal Christians get away from Christ and I hated seeing it.  I just felt like I was crushed when I looked out and realized someone I had looked up to had fallen so completely away from Christ.

When truth comes into our view, it can hurt. We want to close the curtains, pull down the blinds, or even board up the windows so we can't see that view, but it's still there.

Only the Lord can help us deal with those ugly views of truth when they lurk outside our window.  We have to give it over to Him if we want to see past that view and not let it hinder us.



The Window of Silence

(Rahab's View - Joshua 2)


There are times when we see things outside our window and we are going to have to keep that view to ourselves.  We are going to have to keep silent about it.

Are you familiar with the story of how Rahab helped the spies in Joshua chapter 2?  Joshua had sent out two men to spy out the country of Jericho.  Unfortunately the King of Jericho found out about them but Rahab hid the spies.

I love this story because it shows that God can use anyone and any type of person.

Rahab was a harlot but still God used her.  And no matter what she was, she still recognized who God was.  In Joshua 2:9,10, Rahab is talking to the spies and telling them how they had heard of all the things that God had done and in verse 11, she tells them,

And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.  Joshua 2:11

The story goes on and she wanted them to remember her with kindness when it came to her family when they ended up taking over the city.  She then helped the spies through a window to escape.

And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. Joshua 2:14,15


There are going to be times when someone confides in you or you learn something that you know you need to keep to yourself and you are just going to have to not “utter” a word.  You are going to have to discipline yourself to keep things to yourself.

That something might be right there in your view but you know that it's a view you aren't at liberty to share. You are not going to be able to take anyone else to the window with you.

I know standing at the window alone and having to keep something to yourself can sometimes be hard, but the only one you can talk to about it is the Lord, so talk to Him about whatever it is you can't talk to another human about.



The Window of Unexpectedness

(Eutychus' View - Acts 20:7-12)


Every time I read through Acts 20 or hear someone preach on it, I have to chuckle.  Here Paul was, preaching along and there was a man named, Eutychus.  Now this man had found a seat to listen to the sermon in a window of the upper chamber and had fallen asleep.

I don't really blame this man for falling asleep because it does say in verse 7 of that chapter, that Paul preached from the time they broke bread until about midnight and in verse 9, "Paul was long preaching", so it wasn't a short sermon.

So here they were, Paul preaching away, and Eutychus sleeping away, when all of a sudden, the man fell from the window.

And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.  Acts 20:9,10


Now Paul said that the man wasn't dead but wouldn't that be such a jolt?  Have you had “views” like that, where life is going along smoothly and all of a sudden you are falling out the window?

Life seems to be crashing down all around you?  Like the man in Acts, you might not end up dead but you land with such a thud that you feel like you've lost your life.

When things that are unexpected come in our views, it shocks us sometimes.  We are so startled, we don't know what to do.  At times like that, I don't think there's anything to do but go to the Lord.

Tell Him how shaken up you are.  Let Him comfort you and help you work through it.


The Window of Threat

(Daniel's View - Daniel 6)


Prayer played a big part in Daniel's life.  I'm sure you remember the story.  There were men out to get Daniel so they had the king sign a decree that no one was to pray or ask anything of any man or god for thirty days.

The king signed it into law but Daniel still prayed to God as he always had.  Not only that but he didn't do it hidden away, he did it with his windows open.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.  Daniel 6:10, 11


We know that everything turned out okay for Daniel.  He was thrown in the lions den, but God protected him.  On top of that, those evil men and their families were all thrown in with the lions and they didn't have the Lord to protect them.

Of course I think when Daniel was praying that he probably knew those men were lurking outside of his window.  They were a threat waiting to pounce but Daniel kept doing what he knew was right.  He didn't let that view derail Him from his prayer life.

I think that sometimes we get things that come into our lives and they threaten to destroy us and it hurts our prayer life.  We get side-tracked and don't spend that time with the Lord that we know we need.  We can't let those views that threaten us get in our way of our fellowship with Christ.



Window of Protection

(Paul's View - 2 Corinthians 11)


I love it when I go to my window and see the Lord's hand of protection.  In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about a time when the Lord protected him.  There was a garrison of men after him but God used a basket and a window to protect Paul.

In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.  2 Corinthians  11:32, 33


There's so many “baskets” I know that the Lord has used to deliver me.  Sometimes I think, well, how did I live through that?  I know it was only by the Lord's protecting arm around me.

Sometimes all the pieces aren't in view.  I may not actually see how the Lord did it, but I can see the result and I love that view of protection.



Conclusion:

Some of the views we get in life are great views.  They are beautiful and make us want to keep running with excitement to the window in the mornings and pull open the shades to see what's waiting for us.

Other times there are some views that really can make us almost frozen so that we can't move on, so that we can't see past to the beautiful view of all the blessings in our lives.

There may be things that we no longer appreciate because we are dwelling on that view so much we forget about some of the important things we are already blessed with.  We sometimes even forget about the Lord and it is only Christ that can help us with our “views”.

He may have some beautiful things out there for us to look at and enjoy but we are so full of hurt or fear that we don't see the beauty that's right there in front of us.

I think about that old poem, The Weaving, by Grant Colfax Tullar.  It talks about how our lives are like a weaving where we may only see the under side but the Lord sees the upper side.  Only the Lord knows why each color of thread is used and why we need certain things in our lives. God sees how it all is working together.

I know as Christians we quote that verse in Romans 8:28 a lot, but I think sometimes that "all" in the verse makes us cringe.  "All" things that come into our lives are sometimes not the perfect view that we want to look out and see.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I don't want to miss those things outside my window like the pretty cherry trees that are full of blossoms, the birds and butterflies floating about, the flowers that are in full bloom, the green of the grass, and the beauty of the sunset.  I hope you don't want to miss any of those breath-taking views either.

There may be some bad things that come into our lives but let's not miss the good things by dwelling on the unpleasant views.  Let's enjoy those blessings the Lord gives and allow Christ to be with us when we look out our windows of life.

So, what's in your view?

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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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