God's Perspective vs Yours
Hola! Whew, the summer is trubiz (ASL for truly) over and this morning after my kids got on the bus, I started to tear up. My first thought was I didn’t want my babies to grow up. Secondly, I wasn’t consent with how the summer had ended. I was rewinding memories I’ve had over the summer to justify why I was feeling that this summer was unproductive. I felt unproductive at times because I had set so many goals before the summer started that I wanted to accomplish, bit they didn’t happen. Boy, I was disappointed when I had realized that my goals wasn’t met, so this was the perfect opportunity for the enemy to crawl in my thoughts because I was in a moment of weakness. The enemy made his voice as loud as a lion to weaken me and deceive me to believe that my summer was wasted until God spoke to me.
He said, “Child come to me and let me show you why I’ve allowed these circumstances take place.” I humbly accepted and quickly brushed the enemy’s lies behind me because knowing that my daily date with God plays an important role to make God’s voice louder than his. The decision to walk in obedience brings peace and wisdom. This was an an opportunity for me to hear God speak to me and keep me in His perspective. It does not matter how I felt about this summer, I came to realize that nothing this summer was a mistake, He had purposely used those specific circumstances to stretch me, also to mature me, to bring me to the place to where I am right now- to let you know that He wants us to throw out our perspective to remind us that He is the Sovereign God.
When we do not think like God, we are not in His image. We cannot say as Jesus did, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). God, in His wisdom, has willed that we grow in His image through exercising faith in what He says, He reveals of Himself in His creation.
The person learning to think like God brings God into everything, viewing things from His perspective, by His values. He ascertains how the activity, event, or thing looks in terms of eternity. We learn to meditate on God's sovereignty over all things.
Faith holds a person steady because we often do not think like Him, and because we do not have His perfect perspective, we often do not exactly know what God is doing. We must continue to trust Him, and in the meantime weigh what is happening and its possible outcome because only God can give us His lens to help us find peace that goes beyond our human understanding.
How often do we seek God in prayer and ask Him to help us see in His perspective when something doesn’t make sense?
The role of the Holy Spirit is key. Here is a familiar Scripture passage that equips us in God’s power.
In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, the Apostle Paul writes,
Dear brothers and sisters, when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message. For I decided to concentrate only on Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. I did not use wise and persuasive speeches, but the Holy Spirit was powerful among you. I did this so that you might trust the power of God rather than human wisdom.
Isaiah 55 points us to the idea that God’s ways and thoughts are beyond us. He sees things from a higher perspective. From a higher altitude, you see a lot farther than from the ground. You also see things you would never see otherwise.
The first lesson to be learned from this miracle is that sinful man cannot frustrate God. Jesus seemed undisturbed by the religious leaders' attempt to stone Him, an action that would have created great turmoil in the Temple. Yet, Jesus stopped beside a blind beggar sitting near the Temple gate. In a similar situation, most of us would have passed the beggar and be more concerned with distancing ourselves from the enemy. But not Jesus, He had far bigger plans than our perspective. Christ had God's perspective and acted accordingly. This example teaches us how we need to change our perspective to His so His purpose can be accomplished through our obedience!
As Paul writes of God in Romans 9:15, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
The poor blind man symbolizes the state of the rulers of the people, the Pharisees, who can see physically but are spiritually blind. On the other, the blind man cannot see physically, but Christ makes him see both physically and spiritually. By the end of the story, we find him worshipping Jesus as the Son of God.
The Spirit of God works to shape us and slowly change us into His image. With time and discipline, things that hinder our relationship with God are eventually no longer part of the flow of our lives. They might still be part of our branches, but they’re not good, they need to be cut off, no longer connected to who we are, to our spiritual reason so we can accomplish His purpose for our life.
In John 7:38-39, Jesus speaks of the Spirit when he says, “If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” The idea that the Spirit of God works through our circumstances and choices, through the things that happen to us, has given me a helpful perspective from which to view my own life and the lives of those I journey with.
The perspectives we choose and nurture shape us, for better or worse, into the people we become. For this reason, it is important to examine ourselves and be alert to the possibility that we are seeing things from the wrong place.
Only through prayer, God can transform our ability to “see”. By our willingness to change, we will be prompted to consider which of our perspectives needs pruning and changed.
May God continually improve our vision, not only for our own spiritual benefit but also so that we can give our fellow spiritual travelers some idea of what it means to see with the eyes of God so we can be set free.
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ