You may have heard the phrase, “Keep everything in perspective.” What exactly does that mean? One dictionary defined perspective as, “A way of looking at a situation and determining what is important.” Your perspective will also determine your reaction or response to a situation. For example, if you saw something on the ground that appeared to be a snake, your first response would be to step back, run or scream. You saw a figure on the ground, perceived it was dangerous, and acted accordingly by stepping back. However, after taking a closer look you find that it actually wasn’t a snake. It was just a black rope. Immediately our response or action changes because we do not see the rope as a threat or something dangerous. We normally believe our perspective of something to be true and we will always act in accordance to that belief. If this is true, that we act in accordance to what we believe and that our perspective determines our belief, every believer in Christ should be living an undefeated life. Sadly, this is not the case.
Remember perspective determines your belief, your belief determines your response. Maybe the reason for much of the struggle we face is because of the way we are really perceiving God. It’s easy to say “I know God will provide” when it’s not during a heated moment. But let trouble that requires an immediate response arise, and you need an answer now. Do you still see God as your provider? When you need food now, you need money now, you need a problem to be solved now. Do you see God as the God that will do it now?, or do you feel like this is something you just better go ahead and take care of yourself and when you finish taking care of it you’ll then get back to praising God? If we truly believed God as our provider we would patiently wait out the struggle, knowing that our God will, without a shadow of doubt, come through for us.
When you hear the word of God what is your response? Do you just shake your head and say “Yes, now that’s some good preaching” and then continue living the way you want to? If so, then there is something wrong with your perspective of God’s word. You don’t really see it as something valuable, something important, something that requires a change response. It’s not clicking with you that these words are not just words from a neighbor down the street, but these are the words and instructions from the Lord God Almighty. If you truly perceived and believed what his word was saying, your response to life’s trials and tribulations, to fear and doubt, to worries and cares would all line up with the word of God. We wouldn’t so easily give in to the Devils tricks and traps because of our perception of God’s rule, his reign, his authority and his instructions as final. We have to truly perceive God as the Almighty God, all power God, The all knowing God, the God that loves you, cares for you, that likes you, he’s not mad or disappointed in you but rather, he’s standing right there ready to help you face whatever comes your way.
There should be some type of reaction or response from us that brings about more than just an amen. The word of God should bring about a change in our lives, a change in our actions and response when unexpected situations come. It’s only when we don’t perceive it as important that no change occurs. The way you see God greatly influences the way you live your life. As believers, we especially need to continually check the perspective we have about life, because corresponding actions will follow. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 we find verses which talk about the perspective that a believer is to have: “Therefore we do not lose heart…For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
This perspective we see in Scripture is an eternal one. It does not find value and worth in the temporal things of this passing world, yet looks beyond it to the lasting value of Christ. This perspective gives hope, which no other perspective can offer. So how do you perceive God? through what perspective are you viewing life? Is it temporal or eternal?
If you want to change your perspective so that your actions and your responses lines up with God’s word read the bible. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation of what the scriptures are really saying, then ask him to enable you to apply God’s word to your life. The more you read, the more your perspective will be changed. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV.
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