God’s View of Life is Different Than Ours
The Lord doesn’t view our lives the way we do. His perspective is as different from ours as ours is from an ant we are watching. As we look down on the ground from our chair we can see where the ant will walk if he keeps going forward, where a good food source may be and even potential predators. God understands our live as He looks on as the one who sees all time and space instantly. He knows the best path to take through life.
Consider this conversation between Peter and Jesus. First, let me give you the background. Peter just told Jesus He is the Messiah, Jesus tells Peter that only God could have revealed that to you. The rest of the boys are slapping Peter on the back. He’s feeling pretty good about himself then something funny happens.
From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead.
But Peter took Him aside and began to reprimand Him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” – Matthew 16:21-23
Jesus knew it was necessary for Him to die. Peter didn’t. Jesus had the eternal perspective that his death, however brutal and painful would lead to His resurrection and ultimately our salvation. To Peter it was unthinkable! He’s thinking, “We just found out for sure that you’re the Messiah. There’s no way God would want you to suffer and certainly won’t let them kill you!” We don’t see things from God’s perspective; therefore we don’t always understand the way life goes.
Through it all we must trust that God has a plan. We must understand that He sees things differently from us.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
It reminds me of a story I read. There was a picture-perfect small town in Maine. You know the kind you would see immortalized in a Norman Rockwell painting. The government informed the townsfolk that it would be building a hydroelectric dam nearby. The dam would cause the town to flood. The officials told the town’s people that they would be paid and relocated to new homes. The town was scheduled to be demolished in less than 3 years just before the dam was finished. During those 3 years the town stopped repairing the roads, no one painted their house, they even stopped cutting their lawns. The quaint town became terribly rundown. When a reporter enquired as to why this had happened, it was explained this way, “When there’s no faith in the future, there’s no power in the present.”
We must live our lives with faith that God will give us a future and a hope for eternity in heaven. Without this eternal perspective on the future we become hopeless and we allow our ‘spiritual houses’ to fall apart. You may not understand everything you go through in life but trust the one who does. Keep up your spiritual disciplines to stay connected to Christ and HIS plan for you.
Dear Jesus, help me to remember that no matter how severe the trial I am in today, that it is temporary. Amen.
Thoughts for Today
- Have I let my ‘spiritual house’ fall apart?
- Do I trust God with my decisions or do I have to keep control of my life?
- Do a ‘spiritual house cleaning’ by repenting of any sins.
- Continue the cleaning by forgiving anyone who has hurt you.
- Begin to repair the house by reading and praying daily as well as going to church weekly.