Through the Eyes of a Lion

What encourages you on a hard day? For me, it’s a worship song and a good sermon. A friend sent me this sermon recently and it spoke so much to me. Levi Lusko addresses the topic of pain and loss through the eyes of God, or the analogy he used, the eyes of a lion. 

But, what I love is that he pointed out that suffering is not an obstacle to being using by God, it’s an opportunity to be used like never before. Levi didn’t sugar coat the pain he has experienced, the loss of his daughter, and admitted that even though when as Christian we can hurt with hope, we still hurt. I love that he was real and raw about his feelings.

So why a lion? Lions have super vision and see 6x better than humans can. What if you chose to have tunnel vision and your lens was faith? Faith should always be the lens you are looking through! 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says,Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

Your trials are temporary so don’t focus so much on them that you inhibit the ability to look beyond into the eternal glory that you can’t see. Even though you might be full of pain right now, your faith in God will help you believe his promises to be true. Just as the verse says, fix your eyes “not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”

As you shift your focus to the eternal you will realize that your pain is not without purpose. God is in the details. For instance, have there been any doors that have been opened because of your journey? I know the answer for me is yes. Because of our journey to believing for a miracle, this blog, my ministry, Moms in the Making, and so many friendships have been formed. What if I hadn’t been on this journey? So many doors were opened because not only because of our pain, but because we are willing to share our pain.

Consider it an honor that God trusts you with pain! He creates his toughest soldiers out of the hardest battles and no pain you are experiencing today will be wasted. As you suffer, God doesn’t call you to understand him, he calls you to worship him, so start looking at your pain and suffering through the eyes of God!

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  • Cassie
    Posted at 07:17h, 17 August Reply

    Yes! I needed this encouragement today and it seems to go really well with some of the thoughts I have been having lately that I posted about today. Thanks for your encouragement always friend 🙂

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 09:05h, 17 August Reply

    Yes, thank God for the simple fact that he chose YOU to go through this journey with him. We are never alone and these seasons really will feel like a “brief moment” when we reach the other side! My goal is to paint this scripture on a canvas someday…LOL. So many projects, so little time lately…:-p

  • samantha
    Posted at 10:52h, 17 August Reply

    Yes, what a great reminder!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 12:20h, 17 August Reply

    Love this! Yes, we can grow this painful circumstances, but that doesn’t always lesson the pain. It can bring joy through it. Wonderfully expressed!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:16h, 17 August Reply

    Faith should always be the lens you are looking through …
    I’m going to remember that line when I’m doing my next view through the camera 🙂

  • Brittney Moses
    Posted at 13:36h, 17 August Reply

    This is such an on time confirmation and I love how you tied in the perspective on the eyes of a lion. Very interesting! But it’s so true, trials aren’t really meant to defeat us, they’re meant to help show us the measure of our faith and grow us! Thank you for sharing another well laid out revelation =)

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 14:34h, 17 August Reply

    wow powerful post! Even in the midst of confusion or hard times we are still a testimony to those around us. What a great reminder!

  • Kay
    Posted at 14:57h, 17 August Reply

    Love that, suffering is not an obstacle! God works best and teaches us best through suffering.

  • Heather Lawrence
    Posted at 15:09h, 17 August Reply

    I love how you mention that there is a purpose for the pain Sometimes it’s easy to think that God is letting us go through something “just because” when really there is a purpose and a reason. We might not know what that is this side of heaven but at least we can know that it HAS a purpose!

  • Kristy
    Posted at 15:36h, 17 August Reply

    I can’t give a big enough amen!

  • Coli
    Posted at 21:42h, 17 August Reply

    I watched this message today and HAD to thank you for posting about it. Too good to fit into words, right?!

    Waiting in anticipation with you! There’s something stirring in the spirit about this. It’s why I am here on your page again. God brings me back in moments that matter. Jesus, have Your way. YAY!!!!!

  • Heather
    Posted at 21:43h, 17 August Reply


  • Andrea
    Posted at 14:41h, 18 August Reply

    We are strong through Christ that loved us!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 21:01h, 21 September Reply

    As the last 4 1/2 months have been very rough for me, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 has been one of my go-to verses! I keep focusing on that one word – “transient” (ESV; or temporary). The hard times we are going through here on earth are not permanent! Praise the Lord! We will yet be in heaven with Him where everything will be trouble-free!

    Then, as I started wanting to find a purpose for this trial, I also took note of 1 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of call comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, SO THAT we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

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