Between Two Perspectives
There are two distinct ways of perceiving life while going through a test or trial. When the going gets tough it can seem like the enemy is always around trying to harm, destroy, oppress, or frustrate you. It seem like not matter how hard you try to stay positive and look on the bright side being grateful from moment to moment, that that is the precise moment that the enemy wants to rear his ugly head. It is very easy to view life through this lens of victimization – the righteous servant vs. the mean ole devil. Thank God that, that is not the only perspective that is available. This other perspective sees how God is always at work on our behalf regardless of what the enemy does, regardless of how hard things get, and no matter what obstacles rise up. While this perspective does take some imagination (at times) and lots of faith, it is the only perspective that will help us to grow closer to God during adversity. The other perspective can help us grow too, but usually when we think this way our pursuit of God ends when our season of affliction is over.
It is not a bad thing if you have not yet developed the type of mindset in which you are determined for God to get the glory out of everything that happens in your life. In fact, this just is an opportunity for you to make that shift into a higher way of thinking, perceiving, and discerning. It is a strategy that if you develop it now, it will help you in the next seasons of your life. This way of thinking is not for everyone so do not be discouraged if other people do not want to make the shift with you.
King David puts it like this in Psalm 139:7-12 –
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
This passage shows that King David has come to the realization that God is truly always with him. Whether it be a good or bad situation or place, God is always there. He is not just there with us not doing anything, He is there to guide us and hold us (verse 10). In dark uncertain times God is there with us to light the way, bring illumination, revelation and inspiration (verse 12).
To develop the perspective that God is always with us and working on our behalf it also requires trust. That means spending time with God to get to know Him better. It is really difficult to trust someone that you do not know, so be intentional about getting to know God better. Get to know Him by spending time in His Word, praying, worshiping, praising, talking to others about Him, fellowshipping with other believers, and taking time to remember what God has done for you and others in your life. If you want to win battles, receive solutions and answers when you pray, and have peace in the midst of the storms of life, you will have to trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
In conclusion, you have a choice in how you view the situations and circumstances that you face every day. You can see yourself as a victim of the wiles of the enemy or you can see yourself as priceless treasure of the Most High God. The choice is yours alone, but the choice is never final. If you are not seeing that God is always with you working on your behalf, you can decide to make that shift right now. Ask God for help in seeing when, where, and how He is at work in your life. Developing this perspective now will help you in other seasons of your life and give you an opportunity to grow closer to God as you get to know Him better.
Let us pray: Father God thank You for today, thank You for Your protection, provision, and passion being poured on us out of Your grace and love. Lord thank You for always being with us no matter where we go, no matter what we face, and regardless of how things look at the moment. You are always there ready to guide, hold us, and bring understanding and we thank You for that. Lord right now we ask that we would be more aware of Your Presence in our lives, Your plans, and Your leading so that we can stay in Your will. Lord please increase our desire to know You better, seek Your guidance, and ask for perspective when the enemy is attempting to influence our lives. Lord thank You for joy and peace as we are obedient to follow the path that You laid out for us. Most of all, Lord help us to reflect Your Light in the earth so that others can find their way to You in the Mighty Name of Jesus amen.
Dionne Renae ♥♥♥