Jim Bramlett (20 Dec 2010)
"It's a matter of perspective"


Dear friends:

We have all heard the expression: "It's just a matter of perspective."

There is more truth to that saying that most people realize.  We can see things either from (1) a human perspective, or (2) God's perspective, as revealed in His Word.

One problem is that most people, including many Christians, do not really believe God's Word.  They profess to believe certain parts of it, parts that are emphasized in their church or denomination, but not the parts with which they are unfamiliar or that would require radical faith.  Sadly, many choose to, in effect, call God a liar.  Not a good idea.

A daily devotional by Singapore pastor Joseph Prince addresses this, and how looking at things through God's eyes can be such a blessing to us.

See Your Situation Through God’s Eyes
"He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." Psalm 1:3
When darkness covered the face of the earth, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3) When a certain man paralyzed for 38 years lay helpless at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and immediately, the man was healed, took up his bed and walked. (John 5:8–9)

You don’t say such words unless you see something others don’t. God does not see the way man sees. Man, however, must see the way God sees. We must see the vision of the Almighty.

The prophet Balaam saw the vision of the Almighty when the Spirit of God fell on him. As he looked down from a mountain at the camp of the Israelites, he found himself saying, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.” (Numbers 24:5–6)

Balaam would not have said this unless he saw Israel not in the natural, but as God saw it. At that time, the Israelites were a discontented lot, always murmuring and complaining in the wilderness. But when God looked at them, He saw them like flourishing gardens planted by the rivers fruitful and prosperous.

Beloved, God wants you to see yourself the way He sees you “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper”. So see yourself like a tree planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth fruit in your season. See yourself as one who will not wither, whose health will not fail. See whatever you do prospering!

See the vision of the Almighty. That vision is always a good vision. Whenever you see your situation through God’s eyes, you will find that your situation will change because when you see as He sees, you allow Him to work as the Almighty in your life!

(To subscribe to Pastor Joseph Prince's daily devotionals, go to http://www.josephprince.org/.)