The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The optimist says the glass is half full. It is a matter of perspective as to how something is seen. As Christians we can either see things from a natural perspective, or we can see them from God's perspective.
When the children of Israel came out of Egypt and were before the Red Sea with Pharaoh's army pressing in behind them, the natural perspective was-- we will either die at Pharaoh's hand or drown in the sea. God's perspective was-- be still and see the salvation of the Lord, after today you will not see Pharaoh again.
The natural perspective viewed the cross as a place of defeat-- Jesus is dead. But God's perspective saw it as a place of victory and triumph-- Jesus is alive, sin has been conquered.
When we view circumstances through a natural perspective, we can become fearful, hopeless and discouraged. Viewing them from God's perspective brings faith, hope and peace.
When we view things through our own perspective, we can easily fall into self-pity because we see it as something happening "to" us. But when we view it through God's perspective, we see it as something happening "for" us. From his own perspective Joseph saw his brother's hate, the pit, Potiphar's house and the prison as something that was done "to" him. Once he viewed all that had happened from God's perspective, he saw it wasn't done to him but "for him". "All things work together for the good". It brought him into God's purpose and destiny for his life. It put him in a position to be able to save the nation of Israel.
Viewing what is happening in your life from your own natural perspective will bring self-pity, fear, doubt, unbelief and discouragement. But when we view it from God's perspective it will bring hope, life, comfort, strength, peace and faith.
Are you in a situation? Ask God to help you see it from His perspective-- His view point. The higher you go, the broader your view becomes and you can see more of the picture and realize that whatever comes your way has been filtered through the hands of God first and instead of it being done "to" you, it is actually being done "for" you, to work out God's greater plan for your life.
Have a great day. Seeing the situation from our perspective produces fear. Seeing it from God's perspective produces faith.
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