As many of you may remember, my word for the year is “Perspective“. I marvel at how I’ve seen the hand of God as he is working to re-orient my thinking in several areas, changing my perspective on life. So this week has turned into a montage, where I will share bits and pieces of perspective shift since the beginning of the year.
I began the year by reading the book of Genesis, asking for God’s perspective on two key areas: “Who is God?” and “How does he see me?” As I read the account of the Garden of Eden, I found myself looking at the beginnings of mankind and our relationship with God with a fresh outlook. Much of what I gained from that study I recently shared over the course of 3 weeks in about 12 blog posts with the categories: “Who Is God?“, “Who Is Jesus?” and “Who Am I?” Two shifts in perspective for me through this study and writing the posts were:
My choices to either obey God or choose my own way will have lasting consequences which may not be immediately apparent. These consequences will effect others far more than I would expect, and may last far longer than I could ever have imagined.
God’s love has relentlessly pursued relationship with mankind from the moment he created us.
These ideas were tested a couple of weeks ago, when I found myself stewing over something done against me a few moments before. Bitter thoughts wafted through my brain, and in the heat of the moment I entertained them far too long.
My internal conversation went something like this:
“Why do I have to continue to deal with this behavior time after time?”
Quickly my thoughts devolved to, “If this person really cared about me, they wouldn’t keep doing this.”
To finally, “If God loves me, why does he continue to make me have to deal with this?”
Been there? I’m so grateful God’s Spirit immediately intervened with, “Will you choose to listen to the enemy of your soul, or will you choose to trust God’s words about you and the situation?” Because of the recent study in Genesis, immediately, my minds eye began to replay the scene in the garden where the serpent bent the truth of God for a lie of his own making. My mind also replayed the catastrophic results because Adam and Eve listened!
I know the truth – God does love me, and suffering is part of life.
“If God loves me, ……….”
I John 4:8 (NLT) “….God is love.”
Romans 8:38 (NLT) “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”
“God’s love is best shown by protecting me from all difficulty.”
Hebrews 5:8 (NLT) “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.”
John 16:33 (NLT) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Gratefully, after being reminded of the truth, I chose to listen to God’s voice instead of the voice of the enemy. I shutter to think of the heartache I would have needlessly endured, had I chosen instead bitterness of heart. Also if I remember correctly, the situation troubling me was soon remedied, but may not have been had I chosen to entertain bitterness.
Choosing God’s perspective over my own, brings life not only to me but those around me. Impacting them far more greatly than I realize, for far longer than I could ever imagine!
Only eternity will reveal the full extent of how my obedience effected the world around me.
I would love to hear from you how God is changing your perspective, and the results! God bless you. You have no idea what a blessing you are to me!
With love and prayers,