Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Importance of Perspective

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  -Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV) 

From time to time the Lord has a way of reminding me about having and maintaining a right perspective.  When having a problem we can easily become discouraged and frustrated.  Trying to think in terms of “it could be worse” might seem superficial, yet the reality remains that whatever we are going through the situation could indeed be worse.  Often we focus on the problem which is right in front us while missing the bigger picture of God’s grace and power.  The Lord will bring us through the difficulty, whatever it may be.  Ours is to trust Him, be faithful, seek His power, and allow Christ to work in and through us.  The Lord can and will turn the problems we face, no matter how great, into blessings. 

I was reminded of this recently during a conversation with a fellow pastor.  He told me of the problems his congregation is going through and believe me when I say the problems are serious.  I committed to pray for him and the church that the Lord would give him wisdom and the people open hearts for listening to the Lord’s leading.  As my brother pastor was telling me of the church’s difficulties I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, and I thought we had problems to overcome.”  We do face challenges in the church where I am pastor, yet as I heard of the trials of our fellow congregation our problems suddenly didn’t seem so large and imposing.  This, my friends, is called divine perspective. 

So often we worry ourselves to death over problems which in the broad scheme of things are not going to make so great a difference.  God has the power to bring us through the trials we face and He will bring us to victory and solid ground.  The Lord will not abandon us in our time of need.  As Jesus reminded us, do not worry, for we add nothing to our lives by worrying.  Trust God, claim the peace which is ours in Jesus Christ, and move forward in faith. 

So, what are you facing right now which is worrying you?  Is it keeping you up at night, robbing you of sleep, interfering with the peace and joy you desire?  Consider that worrying will not change the outcome.  Worry will only interfere with clear thinking.  Trust the Lord, wait upon Him, and do not do anything rash.  God has a plan and He will bring about resolution.   

Keep trusting the Lord.   

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