Wednesday Word: Perspective
I heard a radio personality recently pose the question:
Do circumstances determine how you see God? Or does your relationship with God determine how you see your circumstances?
I think it is a very thought-provoking question. The circumstances of our lives--the struggles we face on a daily basis or sometimes even the lack of struggle, can ultimately cloud or confuse our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
The “Why God?” questions or “When God?” questions or “...fill in the blank” God questions can overwhelm us with almost a sense of entitlement for answers or understanding that we want “right now.” On the flip side of that, if everything seems to be going the way we hoped, are we still focusing on our efforts to have an ongoing trust relationship with Jesus Christ?
As we work to strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, the mindset shifts from questioning - to trusting. The circumstances, concerns, and questions we have don’t necessarily leave us, but the trust that our Lord wants the best for us, provides the very comfort and peace we need to overcome our situation.
A couple of verses that always bring this sense of trust to me as it relates to God and my circumstances are:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
We will always face challenging circumstances in our lives. Even the simple daily challenges can seem overwhelming at times. But, do we ultimately allow these to skew our perspective on how we view God? Or, do we allow our relationship with Jesus Christ to help us navigate our circumstances with a perspective of hope and trust?
It truly is our choice, so choose wisely!