The lens that will give us proper vision in life is the lens of faith ... for it helps us to learn how to decern ... circumstances and surroundings ... events and misfortunes that come our way. I think that is why we are called upon to be a people who "walk by faith, not by sight" in this journey of life. Do we see our suffering through the lens of faith or the blinders of bitterness?
Scripture tells us that even Satan comes in disguise as an "angel of light" ... and will fool many, who have not learned to see things through this lens of faith ... and who have not learned to discern his tactics. Part of effective warfare is to know your enemy well. And in this war we are in, a major way he will attack is to through our preception of things ... especially of God, of His goodness ... and of His power. Is He loving ... is He wise ... is He in control? And the heart of faith procliams: Yes, He is!
And a few more thoughts from something I was reading recently ...
He [the devil] is relentless. I mean by that, that he does not cease or give up. He does not care what methods he employs so long as he can bring us down and discredit the work of God.
And he is not concerned about consistency. He does not hesitate to vary his [methods of attack], he does not hesitate to contradict what he had said to us previously.
He has but one [objective] and one concern and that is to bring into [shame] the Name and the work of God in our redemption through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure, p. 93.
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure
By David Martyn Lloyd-Jones