I know it’s dangerous to state absolutes – to say one thing is everything – but I’m really beginning to believe perspective is everything.
- You can stand inches to one side or the other and see a totally different horizon.
- Three people can talk to the same person and see very diverse sides to his or her personality.
- You can drive, fly, or ride a train across the country and not realize you’re going to the same destination until you arrive.
And you can look at life through your emotions, doubts, or insecurities and completely miss how God views your circumstances and future.Perspective is everything. Click To Tweet
So often the Holy Spirit defends and protects us, only to hear our groans and complaints. Circumstances don’t look like we’d hoped and we feel restricted or hemmed in. Maybe we still see the battle raging around us, so are afraid to move and make a wrong step. But if we take a step closer to our God, if we lift our eyes to His, if we silence our souls, truth comes into focus.
David recognized this powerful transaction in Psalm 3:2-4, NASB.
“Many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no deliverance for him in God.’ Selah.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.”
Something very powerful happens when the Holy One lifts your head, draws your gaze, and opens your eyes to see Him. As the old hymn states so well, “…the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” Your perspective changes when you gaze upon the Most High. All else shrinks back to size in light of His love, power, and wisdom.All else shrinks back to size in light of His love, power, and wisdom. Click To Tweet
Let’s look at some more examples of the Holy Spirit opening eyes to see the hidden things:
- After being sent away from Abraham’s home, Hagar wandered in the wilderness until she ran out of water. She then placed her son, Ishmael, under a bush and walked away so as not to see him die.
“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.” Genesis 21:19, NASB
- At God’s instructions, Abraham laid his son, Isaac, on the altar to offer as a sacrifice. But the Angle of the Lord called out to him, saying, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad.”
“Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by this horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in place of his son.” Genesis 22:13 NASB
Future nations were saved because God lifted Hagar and Abraham’s heads and opened their eyes to see His provision. Lives were rescued and history changed when perspectives were brought into alignment with His vision. What circumstances have you feeling hemmed in? Are you making any decisions today without the full picture? Listen for the Savior’s voice. Allow Him to lift your gaze. Accept the provision and grace He offers.
In Christ, you stand in a broad place.
“He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” II Samuel 22:20 NASBIn Christ, you stand in a broad place. Click To Tweet