Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Which Perspective?"

"For we walk by faith, not by sight". 2 Corinthians 5:7

I had a dream that I was invited to speak at a Men's Conference. I was so excited because I have never done that before. I love encouraging men to be all that God has planned for them to be, plus it would be good for the men to hear from a woman's perspective about some things- esp. like how to treat women.

We tend to look at things from one perspective. Usually it is from the perspective of our gender, race, age or culture. Because I am a woman, I see things from a woman's perspective. It takes my husband to show me that there are often two sides to the situation. I see the situation from the emotional side. He sees it from a more practical side.

By looking at things "one sided" we miss so much. We do this not only on a physical level but on a spiritual one as well. We tend to look at things from a natural perspective instead of a spiritual perspective. We judge everything by what we can see, hear, feel, taste or touch. We are motivated by what the natural evidence shows us. Our behavior, attitude and actions are prompted by the physical world around us. Our emotions are governed by those things that are tangible.

As believers in Christ we can't look at everything on a natural level. We must see them through the eyes of faith and from the perspective of God's word. That's what is meant by "the just shall live by faith". We don't live solely by what we see in the natural, we don't live solely by what we hear from human voices. We live by what we see in God's word and what we hear from the voice of the Spirit. For example, when David went out to fight Goliath, King Saul tried to put his armor on David so that he would be protected in battle. The king was looking from a natural perspective-- you go to war, you need weapons of protection. God's perspective was, "the battle is the Lord's". God's perspective is what brought the giant down and gave David the victory. Another example is the walls of Jericho. From a natural perspective those walls couldn't come down without some heavy artillery. God's perspective was "march around the city and blow a horn". God's perspective brought those walls down.

There is a natural perspective and then there is God's perspective, and for the believer God's perspective is the one we need to heed, follow and allow to govern our lives.

Have a great day. Are you looking at things from one perspective only- a natural perspective? Or are you living your life by looking at things from God's perspective.

For further reading:
Hebrews 10:38
1 Corinthians 2:14
Romans 4:17
1 Samuel 17

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