Posts Tagged ‘ Perspective ’

A View From Eternity

MP910218835[1] For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4 NRSV

You might not think of this as one of the most inspiring passages of the Bible. It certainly isn’t as comforting as reading about the Good Shepherd that brings us by still waters. It certainly doesn’t paint rich images of the height, depth and breadth of God’s love.

What it does tell us is that in God’s eyes, a thousand years passes by like yesterday. They are over like a watch in the night. Centuries pass like a dream. The events of time are like grass that flourishes in the morning, then fades and withers at night.

A thousand years pass like yesterday.

MP900446605[1] That may leave you wondering, who am I in God’s sight? Am I a blade of summer grass, long forgotten? Not at all! You are a recipient of God’s grace and love. You are adopted into the family of God. You have a place with God in the expanse of eternity!

When you actually realize who you are in God’s sight, then everything changes. Your whole perspective on the events of your life changes. When viewed from eternity, what once overwhelmed you becomes manageable. What once frightened you, energizes action. The problems you have begin to pale in comparison to the promises of God, the power that is at work in you, and the partnership that you have with God and Christ in eternity!

MP900149003[1] Taking a view from eternity means starting to see things like God does. That kind of view allows you to see the problems of today for what they really are, breezes blowing by. It reminds you that the challenges that rise up this morning will fade and wither. It gives you hope that even the darkest moments you endure will give way to the morning light. It lets you see your life against the backdrop of eternity!

Start seeing things like God does.

When you live in the light of eternity, then you respond with faith to the concerns that crop up. Problems don’t imprison you or defeat you. Challenges become opportunities. You learn to hold on through wind and wave. You become victorious!

MP900402002[1] Why not spend this week looking at yourself and your life through God’s eyes? You are so precious in God’s sight that He sent His only begotten Son for you. Then God turned the tragedy of the cross into the triumph of the resurrection. Not only that, God continues working everything for good for those who love Him and serve Him.

Let the truths of the Christian faith, the promises of God and the words of Scripture give you an eternal perspective on things. Lift up your eyes. Focus on eternity. Then fight the good fight of faith!

Look Through the Eyes of God!

Prayer:

Eternal God, it’s easy for me to lose perspective. Help me to see things through your eyes. Give me a heavenly view of things. Show me who I am to you. Then, keep my eyes fixed on your love, your power and your plans for me!

Amen.

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MP900442449[1] When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Have you ever wondered how God sees you? Today’s video uses paraphrased Scripture and a collage of snapshots to give us a look at what God sees when God looks at us.

Just click here and let the truth of God’s Word give you a new perspective on who you are, and where you are going! Then step forward in faith to become the person God created you to be!

Looking From Above

Such are the wicked, always at ease, they increase in riches. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end. Psalm 73:12, 16-17 NRSV

“It’s not fair. It’s just not fair!” MP900442283[1]That was the psalmist’s cry as he looked around and saw the wicked prospering. They knew no pain, no trouble and no plagues.  They dressed themselves in violence and adorned themselves with pride. Their words cut lives to pieces with the sword of malice. They ignored God while basking in riches and lives of ease.

The wicked prosper and the righteous are punished. What good does it do to have a clean heart and innocent hands? This was the psalmist’s cry. His question is the same question many of us ask today.

What good does it do to be good?

After lifting his complaints to God, the psalmist makes a discovery. He steps into the sanctuary of God and finds that his whole perspective changes. MP900443034[1] As he enters the presence of God and stands in the midst of God’s glory, earthy troubles disappear and future hopes are ignited. He stops looking horizontally and starts looking vertically. That gives him a whole new way of seeing things.

Stop looking horizontally. Start looking vertically!

What the psalmist discovered is that from the view down here everything looks unfair. But when we open our eyes to see the heavenly reality of God’s glory, we get a whole new perspective. Looking in to eternity lets us see things on earth very differently. It lets us see that what blossoms on earth today will quicklyMP900411668[1] wither tomorrow. The tide of time and God’s judgment will sweep away those who stand for injustice. They are like a dream that fades away with morning’s first light. They are like chaff that blows away with the wind.

The truth is that everything looks different from God’s perspective. So we need to give ourselves a chance to look through the lens of truth and see things from God’s point of view. We need to step out of our earthly and brutish ways of seeing things. We need to step beyond ignorant lies and foolish assumptions that reject spiritual realities.

Look through the lens of truth.

MP900178940[1] The truth is that no matter what is going on around you, God is with you every step of the way. The Lord is guiding your life with wisdom and counsel. God is your strength, your portion and your refuge!

So fix your eyes on the Lord. Open your mind to understand things from God’s perspective. Get in touch with the truth, and the truth will set you free!

Walk in the Light of Truth!

Prayer:

Lord, I lift my eyes to you. Give me a new perspective on things. Use the truth of your Word to help me see things as you see them. Then guide me in a life that is pleasing and honoring to you, and reveals your goodness and love to all!

Amen.

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A Kingdom Perspective

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel. Acts 9:15 (NRSV)

MP900177811[1] Ananias had a surprise vision. In it he was instructed to visit Saul, the number one persecutor of Christians. As most anyone would do, Ananias listened quietly to what the Lord had to say.

Once he had been given his assignment, he had a few questions. Ananias wasn’t sure that the instructions he had received were correct. Saul had quite the reputation. So he reminded Jesus that Saul was a man who had done evil to the Lord’s followers.

Got questions? Go ahead and ask!

Maybe Ananias thought Jesus had the wrong person. At that time Saul was headed to Damascus with signed orders from Jerusalem to continue his reign of terror against the saints. That made Jesus’ orders to visit Saul seem like a suicide mission!

Most of us would agree that it would have been reckless for Ananias to go without asking a few questions. There was a lot of personal risk for Ananias, and he did not want to get this wrong. Of course, Ananias was right about everything he said. But he only had half the story.Dedo de Deus

The truth is that doing Kingdom work requires a Kingdom perspective.   Jesus knew that Ananias didn’t see the big picture. So Jesus gave him a different way of looking at Saul. He gave Ananias a chance to look at Saul through God’s eyes.

In the Kingdom of God, Saul was a chosen instrument. He was a man with a divine calling on his life. As such, he would become an instrument for God’s own purposes. Saul would bring the Good News of the Gospel to the Gentiles, to kings and even to the Jews. Jesus was going to use him as a vessel to spread the word of life to the nations of the world!

At this point, Ananias saw things very differently. He was ready to do the work God was asking him to do. That tells me that doing kingdom work is always easier when we take a kingdom perspective on things!

A Kingdom perspective makes Kingdom work easier!

It’s important to remember that God sees things differently than we do. God’s vision spans eons of history and projects out to the end of time. If we want to do God’s work, we need to step out of our own limited view of things, and ask God for some perspective. Then we will be more ready, more willing and more able to step forward in faith and do the work God created each one of us to do!

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Take a heavenly perspective today!

Putting Things In Perspective

King David was having a problem with his mouth and his anger. Read what happened.

j0443001Psalm 39:3-6: I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.” I was silent and still; I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse, my heart became hot within me. While I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: “Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather. (NRSV)

David was practicing good psychology here. He was trying to think before he spoke. But he found that even though he stayed silent and still, his temper continued to boil. Holding in anger just added fuel to his already hot fire, and left him in an explosive state!

What David really needed was a change of heart, and he knew it. So he prayed. He asked God to help him know his end.

David wanted God to impress on him how fleeting his life was. He knew that would help him keep his problems and struggles in proper perspective.

From David’s words it’s clear that a change of heart comes from a change of mind. I think David was right. When I step back and look at life as it really is, as a passingBD18287I breath across the backdrop of eternity, then my momentary frustrations seem almost insignificant. When I focus more on who God is, and who I am in relation to God, everything else starts coming into perspective.

Maybe if we all stayed focused on the work God is doing in us and in our world, then anger’s burning flame would begin to dim. Our daily troubles would seem more like passing breezes. Those breezes might frustrate and annoy us, but they would not necessarily knock us off course, blind our vision or stop our progress.j0443034

So next time you get angry, don’t bother trying to hold it in. Drop down on your knees, and ask God to help you put things into perspective.

With your eyes on the Lord, problems will start looking more like opportunities, and anger will begin giving way to enthusiastic obedience!