It’s All A Matter Of Perspective
As I sit under the shade of the trees at a table at the beach, I can hear the wind more clearly and louder than when I could just moments ago as I walked on the beach. In fact, I saw the waves and knew there was some wind, but it wasn’t until I sat away from the beach that I heard the ‘sound of the wind.’!
You see we walk through every day oblivious to what’s going on in the Spirit. We ask God to speak to us and yet we often are unaware that He is speaking or moreover that we can’t hear clearly. This can be done due to an improper perspective, as I had, or not being in proper alignment.
Perspective is defined as a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something, or a point of view. It can be one’s outlook or viewpoint. There are other various meanings, but this is what applies for my point.
As Christians our perspectives on any matter should always be from the point of the “Word of God”, and from what the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit say on a matter. Anything else is really idolatry and is a perspective born from this world. We all have opinions, but at the end of the day the only one that matters is what God has to say.
We often go to the ‘Word” and pray and still don’t get what we need. Why? Because we may be trying to interpret the “Word” of God or Voice of the Lord through a fleshly, carnal or worldly lens. In other words, we can try to make the “Word” say what we want or we become so caught up in our own lives we miss the bigger picture. We become inward focused and not outward.
Often we need to get out, like Abraham, to change our perspective. When Abraham looked up at the stars and God told him his descendants would number more than the stars his perspective changed. Had he remained in the tent or even in Ur of Chaldees, he would have missed what God was really trying to tell him.
Walking along the beach I see only what I can. I can only see from that point of view, the point from where I am standing. The same goes for hearing. As I moved away I saw the sun’s reflection on the water differently, more vividly. I also heard the wind with greater power and I saw the waves rolling in a different manner. Just a few steps one way or the other changes the whole perspective.
So maybe you need a change in lifestyle or routine. Get away from the city or go to the city. Wherever you are, perhaps you are not seeing or hearing what God is trying to say because you need a change of scenery or even a change of pace. It could be just a simple thing as how you approach God, or how you study the Word. You may need a slower pace or some may need more tasks. But, wherever you are ask God first what do I need to do differently? How can I get your perspective, Lord? We don’t want just a different perspective.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will direct you in everything you do and see and hear through the perspective of the Father. Finally, like Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:18, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (19) an what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”