Can we agree that the journey of faith is easier said than done? As we talked in our sermon on Sunday in comes down to a matter of perspective.
God doesn’t love me You can’t force me to believe God is good This is the One Truth in life This world is a product of chance How can I believe that God will use my life I know with certainty that God has left me Never again will I say that Christ is risen from the dead I know now more than ever in my life that Man can save himself We must realize that it is ignorant to think God answers prayers Christians declare that Without God this world would fall into darkness This world can and will meet my needs It is a lie to say that God has always been there for me I now realize that No matter what I do The Truth is He doesn’t love me How can I presume that God is good
Okay, I’m going to ask that you read this poem one more time. I hope its not too early in the day for this request. Only this time, as you read it, I’d like to ask you to make one slight change: read it backward. Begin at the last line and read backward to the first line.
That makes quite a difference, doesn’t it?
So much of what we go through works just like this poem.
All we can see is what’s right in front of us. We can’t tell why God would allow such suffering and injustice in our lives or in the world around us.
But with time, with patience, with perspective, we begin to see things differently. We realize, usually in hindsight, that God has brought something amazing and totally unexpected out of the ashes of our loss, grief, and heartache.
Often the outcome is a stronger faith, that results out of a deeper love for God.
Habakkuk knew that our perspective changes, even while God’s remains unchanging. Listen to his words,
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lᴏʀᴅ, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17–18
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. No matter what. Reframing your perspective on life with God's help, can change everything. Let’s adjust our sights from earth’s struggles to the hope of heaven for when we do, all else will pale in comparison to what God has in store for those of us who call Him our Lord.
LORD, help us keep our eyes on Jesus. Help us keep our focus solely on Him.
May our perspective of all things be evaluated and seen through the eyes of Christ. He is the SOURCE of our LIFE. The perfecter of our FAITH. The AUTHOR of all things.
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