Livin What You Know, Hope-Part 2
There are several things the Bible tells us to do in order to have hope in our lives. Throughout the next several days we are going to look at several of those things.
The ability to hope starts with our perspective. How do you see all the things and circumstances that are going on in life? Do you see them from your limited perspective or from God’s? We need to ask God to help us, empower us, to see things from His perspective. If we only perceive our circumstance and responsibilities from our finite perspective we will be unable to have hope.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Rom 8:28 (NLT)
Notice Paul says “all things”. This is an issue of trust and hope, that as I love God, He is going to use all things for my good. Hope may not remove the trial or circumstance, but it will sustain my faith through whatever I am going through knowing that God has a plan and is using “all things” for my good. God knows all things, He is in control, His perspective of our earthly circumstances is eternal verses our temporal perspective.
Trying to get a grasp on Perspective is much like a parent with a child. This reminds me of a story about a teenage girl was talking with her father about all of her problems. She told him of the terrible peer pressure she faced, about conflicts with friends, and difficulties with schoolwork and teachers. In an attempt to help her put everything in perspective, he told her that life was not as dark as it might seem and, in fact, much of her worry was perhaps unnecessary.“That’s easy for you to say, Dad,” she replied. “You already have all your problems over with.”
To have hope we must realize our perspectives are limited and Gods is crystal clear and all inclusive. Isa 55:8-9 (NLT) “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
If you want to receive and live in this incredible gift of hope that Jesus came to give you – you must realize God’s perspective!