If you’ve ever talked with witnesses to an accident you’ll notice no 2 of them ever see the events exactly the same. Usually they are at different locations or in the middle of different circumstances and what they see and recall has a lot to do with their perspective when they witnessed the accident.
Perspective is important in how we view the circumstances that occur in our lives as well. If we view them solely through human eyes, they can be traumatic and demoralizing. If we view them through eyes of faith, they can be opportunities for God to grow us. God uses the negative circumstances of our lives to grow our faith and dependence on Him. Like gold which has to be refined by fire to remove the dross and other impurities so God refines us through the negative circumstances we experience in life.
Unfortunately, many of us are praying that God would remove the very circumstances in our lives that God is using to refine us. Why?, our perspective is wrong. We are looking at it through human eyes and not eyes of faith. When bad circumstances occur, we have 2 alternatives to pray for. God be glorified through it or God rescue me from it. When we choose the former we are viewing it through eyes of faith; the latter through human eyes.
That’s why perspective is so important. When you read Hebrews 11 and it’s hall of fame of faith the one common denominator in all the people listed was they saw heaven as their home and not earth (also none of them received on earth the blessing God promised them). Their focus was not on the promise but rather the giver of the promise who they knew would do exactly what He said He’d do even though circumstances often seemed to say otherwise.
Satan is the Father of Lies and lying is his native language. He’s constantly planting seeds of doubt about how much God loves us and having our best interest at heart. And, the only way to defeat a lie is with the truth as Jesus did in the desert when Satan tempted Him 3 times. It’s the truth that sets us free and when we are walking in the truth, we experience the peace and joy that passes all understanding.
When our perspective is out of whack we spend so much time focusing on what we don’t have instead of being thankful for the many things we do have? Satan is good at getting our focus misdirected and has been doing that since the garden of Eden. There, he got Eve to focus on the one tree in the garden she couldn’t eat off of and disregard the many trees that she could eat off of and the results were creation-altering.
We recently went to Disney World with my youngest daughter and her beautiful family. Being out of focus can happen even on vacations and if you are not careful you can get caught up in the whirlwind of running from ride to ride (actually line to line) to enjoy a 30 second ride and completely miss the beautiful gardens and remarkable scenery all around Disney World, not to mention enjoying the time with the loved ones you went to be with.
Perspective is a moment by moment, decision by decision, circumstance by circumstance aligning our lives with God. Another way of seeing it is we are dreaming God’s dreams. When we do it, we are walking in truth and with God Himself. When we don’t, we are living a lie and nothing good ever comes out of a lie.