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Resolving Power of God:

A term familiar to those who enjoy astronomy is called, Resolving Power; that is, how well your telescope can separate heavenly objects in the night sky that, to the naked eye observer, look to be lone objects. Rigel Kentaurus (one of the "pointers" which line up toward the Southern Cross) is one such object. When you view it with your eyes, it appears to be one bright star, but through a large enough telescope, this star becomes two! What this star appears to be is in reality, something quite different!

How well does God see? How much does He know that we, though we may think we do, do not and cannot? We lack sight. We lack, resolving power!

Astronomers measure the sky in Degrees. These degrees are the measurement of angles that separate one object from another and also how much sky they "take up". Each degree is made up of Arc Minutes - 60 arc minutes is one degree and 60 Arc Seconds is one Arc Minute. Confusing? Well, if you were to hold a human hair around 10 metres from your position, it's width would cover about one arc second of sky! It is a minute angle to our eyes and it is hard to even fathom with the mind. It takes a telescope to separate objects like this - our eyes just can't do it.

So how do we discern and separate our thoughts and intents? Our hearts inclinations? How about the Word of God, can we "divide" it? A telescope is no value here! Only The Lord can do that. How well does he see! Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart".

One could say that God's resolving power cannot be measured! And He is resolving problems and fears of multitudes - and all at the same time!

This should fill us with a confidence, not in ourselves, but in Christ, whose eyes have seen for us every precious thing (Job 28:10); who alone can split those problems in our hearts in two and resolve them by His grace! Let us, as brother T.Austin-Sparkes once said, "dwell much upon the Lord Jesus"; He knows, He sees and He has resolving power!

The Shepherd's love and resolve.